2. ‘DEVELOPING POSITIVE RELATIONSHIPS WITH
A good educator sees that
it's imperative that he/she
relationships with all the
stakeholders involved in
education . These
and other teachers.
3. As an educator, why
is it important to
benefits to be
• Parents get ideas from school on how to help and support their children,
and by learning more about the school's academic program and how it
• Substantial evidence exists showing that parent involvement benefits
students, including raising their academic achievement.
• Other benefits are increased motivation for learning, improved behaviour,
more regular attendance, and a more positive attitude about homework
and school in general.
• With parental involvement it can allot more time for teachers to focus
more on the task of teaching children.
• By having more contact with parents, teachers learn more about their
students' needs and home environment, which is information they can
apply toward better meeting those needs.
• The moral and willingness of teachers to perform increase.
5. There are many strategies teachers can employ to
encourage positive relationships with their
students and parents.
can I implement
6. Strategies for developing positive relationships with
1. Communicate positive expectations to your
Research has shown that expectations impact on
student academic performance (Kerman,
Kimball, & Martin, 1980).Tell students directly
that you believe that they have the ability to do
well. Your belief in them will inspire their success.
2. Tell students that they have the ability to do
When you tell your students you have
confidence that they can handle a difficult
assignment or improve their behaviour, you
impart a very powerful message. Students often
will work hard and behave appropriately to prove
that your confidence in them is justified.
Students need to know that their teachers
respect them and have confidence in them.
7. Strategies for developing positive relationships with
students cont’d :
3. Correcting Students in a Constructive Way
Correcting and disciplining students for inappropriate behaviours is
a necessary and important part of every teacher's job. According to
Coloroso (2002) the goal in correcting students should be to have
them reflect on what they did,develop their own self-discipline by
owning up to mistakes, correct, while leaving dignity intact and
make a better choice in the future thereby building positive
4. Demonstrating Caring
Demonstrating caring is one of the most powerful ways to build
positive relationships with your students (Kerman et al., 1980).
When your actions and words communicate that you sincerely care
for your students, they are more likely to want to perform well for
you and enjoy coming to school.
8. As part of the equation, teachers also need to employ
strategies to develop positive relationships with the
parents of their charges.
9. Strategies for developing positive relationships
1. Listen actively
Teachers should put themselves in parents’ and
students’ shoes and parents should put themselves
in the teacher’s shoes. Show compassion,
sensitivity, empathy and mutual respect for each
other. All parties should try to understand the
2. Be Very Specific
Provide ways parents can support their child at
home: "You can help your child with her math
homework by asking her to explain how she got an
answer," or "As you're reading stories at night, ask
your child to make predictions. This strengthens
10. 3. Declare Your Intention
Tell parents that you want to partner with them, that you
appreciate their support, and look forward to working together
for the benefit of the students.
4. Communicate Often and in Various Forms
Provide information about what's going on in class what
students are learning, what they've accomplished, what you're
excited about, what they're excited about, and the learning and
growth you're seeing. Make phone calls and have teacher parent
conferences to discuss the child’s challenges if any and progress.
Strategies for developing positive relationships with
11. Teachers also need to employ strategies to develop
positive relationships with other teachers/colleagues in
12. Strategies for developing positive relationships with
1. Being a team member.
Teaching involves working in teams or being
part of a team. As such the roles of all
members and specifically your own should be
defined in that you will need to learn about
the other team members, their roles,
previously established methods of working
and any review practices. Contribute to the
team in a positive manner.
2. Working with others.
Do not operate in isolation and behave as
you know it all. “No man is an island”. Do not
be afraid to turn to other colleagues for
assistance . Help others when / if you can
because people will respect someone they
can rely on and will be more likely to return
13. Strategies for developing positive relationships with
other teachers/colleagues cont’d
3. Sharing information/knowledge:
Teachers learn or acquire new successful strategies to teach their students
and to this extent they can share these strategies with their colleagues so
that they too can achieve success with their students in the classroom.
4. Respecting the views/opinions of each other:
An important aspect of building positive relationships with your colleagues
is learning to respect and value their view points/opinions which may at
times differ from that of your own. Every one is different and this will also
apply to differences in teaching styles and delivery of content of the
Teachers and parents need to find ways to complement
each other’s skills and knowledge. By focusing on the
student and developing effective communication
techniques, they can work together to build an education
plan that meets and or surpasses the student’s needs
and has the support of school and family thereby
building positive and strong relationships. Webster-
Stratton (1999) states that positive adult-child relationship
built on trust, understanding, and caring will foster children’s
co-operation and motivation and increase their positive
outcomes at school.
• Coloroso, B. (2002). Kids are worth it! Giving your child the gift of inner
discipline. New York: HarperCollins
• Kerman, S., Kimball, T., & Martin, M. (1980). Teacher expectations and
student achievement. Bloomingdale, IN: Phi Delta Kappa.
• Webster-Stratton, C (1999). How to promote children’s social and
emotional competence. London: Sage.
16. Online References
Building Parent-Teacher Relationships
Developing Positive Teacher-Student Relations
Relationships with colleagues
20 Tips for Developing Positive Relationships With Parents