There must be a way to turn relationships around. This year I have run into a few very defiant students. I’ve done quite a bit of disciplining: reminders of the class rules, asking them how they aren’t showing respect, and calls home. Yet, behavior has not changed. In fact, I almost feel like it is getting worse. A possible case of anti-authority-itis.
Here’s my action plan for building rapport. What I love about it is how simple it is.
BE POSITIVE AND GIVE GIVE COMPLIMENTS.
One thing I realized is my current trouble students love their shoes. I’m predicting that once I start taking an interest in their shoes and other belongings which they associate with themselves, then their behavior will begin to fit within my standards.
Here’s to the experiment!