Though having “favorites” is not a good idea, it doesn't hurt to make a special effort to build a friendship with those who may become your problem students.
This can be accomplished as simply as looking for opportunities to give them compliments, not overheard by others, such as “You did a nice job in class today by raising your hand instead of blurting out when you had ideas to share.
To avoid “losing face,” students may react by talking back, smirking, or walking out of class. If you can deal with a problem in a joking or light manner, that's even better.
They will do whatever it takes to preserve their dignity. Sometimes, a pause or look will settle the issue and nothing needs to be said.
But skilled educators know the value of having good relationships with students.
That teacher you liked was popular (at least with you).
Given the many rules on colleges about relationships between teachers and students, this can be a bit tricky.There may be some hard times ahead, where you will have to be tough on certain individuals.Having some previous interactions that were positive may help.Jessica Galán encourages her readers to embrace malleability in the midst of life’s difficult moments.She spends her day teaching amazing students from diverse backgrounds in Fairfield County, Connecticut.