BUILD­ING IN­TEN­TIONAL RE­LA­TION­SHIPS WITH STU­DENTS

Sun.Star Pampanga - - PERSPECTIVE! - GRACE R. LOPEZ

Teach­ers are con­sid­ered the sec­ond par­ents of stu­dents, so they can ask about the chil­dren’s ex­pe­ri­ence in af­ter-school ac­tiv­i­ties. They can also build in­ten­tional re­la­tion­ships with their stu­dents by rec­og­niz­ing what their stu­dents like.

This is a strat­egy that makes stu­dents feel that they be­long in the com­mu­nity they are in.

When a stu­dent acts up be­cause of sev­eral fac­tors, teach­ers should avoid rep­ri­mand­ing them and in­stead talk to them and ask what help they need. Teach­ers are po­si­tioned to help stu­dents solve prob­lems and work out their is­sues.

In short, con­flict is an op­por­tu­nity for teach­ers to ex­tend a help­ing hand. When try­ing to talk to stu­dents, teach­ers should watch their lan­guage – which is key in these kinds of sit­u­a­tions. Find out what hap­pened and if there was some­thing that they could have done dif­fer­ently.

It takes time to build re­la­tion­ships – that’s the hon­est truth. It takes a while to get through the walls that stu­dents have built around them­selves. It pays to be open, hon­est, and vul­ner­a­ble with your stu­dents.

Teach­ers and stu­dents should get in touch with the hu­man side of one an­other. An­other task of teach­ers is to help stu­dents learn that not know­ing the an­swer is all right.

Lastly, teach­ers should know how to take care of them­selves, too.

--oOo— The au­thor is Teacher III at Babo Pan­gulo El­e­men­tary School

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