As I said last week in Part I, students are much more likely to be agreeable to rules and consequences if they know that their teacher cares about them. Teachers can learn a lot about how to do this by doing many of the same things that good families do. Here are a few more examples:
*Good families like each other. It's one thing to try to love your students like family, but it is a whole other level to try to like them. I don't care how old, troubled, unpopular, etc they are--everyone has something likable about them. Some of your students might be tougher than others to find something likable, but they all have something.
*Good families help each other. This one should go without saying, but teachers are there to help the students. Don't act like you are bothered by a student asking for assistance.
*Good families don't gossip about each other. I have made a point in recent years to be very careful about talking about students in public, even for good things. Some people just don't like their business being made public. Teachers who name names of their students(and co-workers) in the teachers lounge or other public places are doing those people a disservice and can cause real damage to those relationships.
*Good families don't lie to each other. This one seems like it shouldn't even have to be mentioned, but teachers should be very careful about lying to their students. Even little "white" lies can do a lot of damage to a positive relationship.
*Good families don't break promises to each other. This one could probably be included in the previous "no lying" example, but it also deserves attention. Breaking big or small promises can also be very destructive. If you say that you are going to be somewhere or do something, do whatever you can to follow through.
*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 in both lists just in case any of my students happen to read this)
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