Some people wonder how I can have so many rules and yet still get along well with so many of my students. I think that one reason is that I make a point to treat my students like family. Students usually handle consequences much better if they realize that you aren’t out to get them and that you aren’t just there to collect a paycheck.
Here are some examples of things that good families do that teachers can do themselves for their students to create a positive atmosphere in their classrooms:
*Good families go to events. You don’t have to go to everything, but going to a sporting event, play, concert, etc. every now and then goes a long way to showing your students that you care.
*Good families don’t yell at each other over every little disagreement. Do your best to match the severity of your reactions with the severity of misbehaviors by students and you will get a lot more respect from them.
*Good families support each other. Use your common sense, but try to back them and give them the benefit of the doubt whenever possible.
*Good families joke with each other. There is nothing wrong with joking or laughing with your students every now and then. It’s ok. You won’t melt. And they won’t immediately run all over you.
*Good families make each other cakes and cookies during holidays and birthdays. (Ok, you don’t have to do this one unless you really want to. I included this one just in case any of my students happen to read this)
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