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The Relationship-Driven Classroom
The relationship-driven classroom

The most importance force in the relationship-driven classroom model, of course, is the relationship. The emphasis in the classroom is not on obedience but on appropriate social interaction. The goal is for appropriate social interaction to generate appropriate behavior. For this model to work, relationships become an important part of classroom structure. The relationship between the teacher and the child and the relationship between the children are the two most important components of this model. Proactive moves are made to ensure that the classroom, once filled with children, will engender appropriate relationships.

It usually takes about 8 weeks for relationships between the teacher and child and the relationships between the students to begin to gel. The interceding period is taken up ...

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