Building Rapport

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.


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!

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