Building Supportive Relationships
- Building supportive relationships requires: caring, responsiveness and consistency.
- "Banking Time" is a practice whereby teachers make time for quality interactions with students, these quality interactions protect the relationship if conflict occurs.
- Empathy between student and teacher facilitates mutual understanding.
- While intelligent software can be responsive to the cognitive needs of students, teachers can be responsive to both cognitive and emotional needs of students.
Recommendations based on attachment theory:
- Be caring AND consistent. Caring without consistency can be as detrimental for a relationship as the lack of caring.
- Be responsive by reading emotions and responding to the emotions with questions and offers of support.
Recommendations based on the video:
- Give an encouraging feedback that supports learning: "2/20 means you got two right :)"
- Create a common goal for teacher and student: "I am the best, you are the best, we will show others that we are the best!"
Recommendations based on the concept of attention:
- "L'attention est la forme la plus rare et la plus pure de la générosité" (Simone Weil).
- Practice paying attention by paraphrasing what students say.
- At the end of class, write notes about what students said, demonstrated, expressed in class.
- Mindfulness training improves ability to pay attention: