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Tool: Forming relationships with students

A teacher attains moral influence with diverse students by building relationships with them in various ways. You can use this chart to track your use of these strategies over a day or a week's time:

Balanced use of strategies for forming relationships with students

Day or period






Do I:






Minimize my use of extrinsic control of students so that I can form other kinds of relationships with them?

Welcome students by smiling at them and greeting them?

Occasionally show that I am a person as well as a teacher?

Acknowledge and learn a little about students' cultures, races, religions, disabilities, etc.?

Think about classroom events and activities from students' points of view?

Treat all students fairly (as distinct from "identically")?

Promote student autonomy by letting them make some choices and decisions?

Search for students' strengths and special interests?

Attend to and acknowledge what students say in class discussions?

Listen actively, paraphrasing what students say to me?

Ask open-ended questions that allow me to learn about students?

Guide students through a process to solve their own problems?


*Adapted from Weinstein, C.S., & Mignano, A.J. (2003). Elementary/Secondary classroom management: Lessons from research and practice. New York: McGraw-Hill.

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