Some teachers think being extremely strict or hard on pupils is the best way to go when it comes to handling them. Little did they know that such an attitude creates a poor relationship with their pupils; that is, a poor rapport is established if a teacher is too strict. Creating a good rapport with pupils is one thing every teacher must do, no matter the attitude or character they portray.
Below are a few tips to be considered in order to establish a good rapport with your pupils:
KNOW THE FULL NAMES OF YOUR PUPILS
This seems like an obvious tip, but just knowing the first name of your pupil isn’t enough. Knowing your students by name is very important, but don’t just stop there, you have to learn how to correctly pronounce and spell the full names. It tells them you are aware of their presence, and that’s a good one!
GET TO KNOW WHAT INTEREST THEM
This is also a good way of establishing a good rapport because it helps both the pupil and teacher to share ideas in certain areas. The pupil might be interested in a particular thing that may also be of interest to the teacher. That way, they are able to connect more with each other.
TRY TO BRIGHTEN UP THE ATMOSPHERE OF THE CLASSROOM WHILE TEACHING
No matter how intense teaching a class is, a laugh or two never hurts anyone. Learn to ease your tension and brighten the atmosphere of your class room once in a while, you don’t have to be ‘ALL BUSINESS, NO PLEASURE’ type. If you happen to have such personality as a teacher, it will not help your relationship with your pupils to grow. Try to push the breaks when teaching sometimes. Chip in one or two jokes in line with what you’re teaching.
ALWAYS BE RESPECTFUL
The fact that you are the teacher in your class doesn’t mean the respect pattern should be one way. You shouldn’t have the mind-set of being respected alone by your pupils without you returning the same respect towards them. Respect is reciprocal and it is earned when you respect others.
ALWAYS PUT A SMILE ON YOUR FACE
No pupil would like to relate with a face-frowning teacher. Your smile must be genuine. When you smile, you create an easy access for your pupils to meet you at any given time to share thoughts or ideas with you. Have this in mind always; ‘Behind every smile, there is an access’!