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Chapter 9: Successful Group Dynamics
What sets the relationship-driven methodology apart from other methodologies is its active use of interpersonal relationships as a medium for change. Thus far we've focused primarily on individual relationships—those between teacher and child and those among the children. But there is also a third force: the group or unit relationship, or, in other words, belonging.
Being part of a group is an important facet of being human. We are social creatures by nature. When we feel disconnected from others, we are unhappy, lonely, and depressed. In contrast, a life rich in social connection lends itself to feelings of happiness and fulfillment. So, one of our main roles as teachers in the relationship-driven classroom is to foster strong interpersonal bonds with the ...