After feeling motivated from watching the documentary last week, I went researching ways to build the student rapport that is necessary for a completely inclusive classroom. From looking online I found countless articles but found one in particular I really enjoyed called Building Student Rapport by Olenka Bilash. One of the reasons I found it so interesting is because it mentioned how important student rapport is when teaching struggling students and students who have English as a second language. On her blog she posted a short video about how important the language you use is to building student relationships:
I found this to be very interesting especially in knowing that in a few weeks I’ll be put into a classroom for 3 weeks. This is not a long enough time to form good student relationships. So, I was very interested in the tips Olenka Bilash provided:
– relate to students both in and outside of school.
– learn student names as quick as possible
– consider non-verbal factors such as body language
– treat students with respect and trust
– have a sense of humour and have fun with students
– SMILE! If you’re not happy to be there, why would they?
– move around the classroom
– laugh at your own mistakes; everyone makes mistakes so its important not to not hide them
These will all definitely help me in pre-internship and especially later on when I have my own class!