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Chapter 7: Developing a Strong Teacher-Student Relationship
In the previous chapters, we set up a classroom to use a relationship-driven methodology. We made proactive moves to ensure that once filled with children, the classroom will engender positive and appropriate relationships.
It usually takes about 8 weeks for the relationship milieu to gel to a point that the relationships themselves become an integral part of motivation and change. The interim period tends to be taken up with getting acquainted, becoming familiar with the routine, setting and testing boundaries, and all the other normal aspects of adjusting to new experiences. If children are unfamiliar with healthy relationships, this is also a period when the teacher needs to focus on actively teaching relationship skills. After about eight ...