Techniques for Creating Positive Teacher-Student Relationships Within the Classroom

Mackenzie Williams, Caitlyn Morgan, and Dr. Kymberly Harris, College of Education, Georgia Southern University, 1332 Southern Drive, Statesboro GA 30458

Some teachers have mastered the art of creating positive teacher-student relationships within the classroom . Research has supported the different aspects of an effective and personal teacher-to-student relationship, and the purpose of this study is to examine the different techniques in building these relationships within the classroom. The specific research question that is addressed is “What are the most effective techniques for creating positive teacher-student relationships within the classroom?”. Our hypothesis is, if effective techniques are used, a positive teacher-student relationship will be created. Research has been conducted on the effectiveness of the teacher-student relationship when techniques such as the specific delivery of effective praise in the Tier I implementation are used in the classroom. Past research studies have specifically focused on observing the effect of teacher-praise within the classroom in order to build relationships with the students (Zakszeski, Thomas, and Erdy, 2020). Zakszeski, Thomas, and Erdy (2020) concluded that this specific type of praise heightened praise-to-correction ratios, and increased students’ on-task behavior. Another research study stated, “Teachers' responses to children's appropriate and problem behavior can help set the tone of the classroom environment” (Conroy, Sutherland, Snyder, Al-Hendawi, and Vo, 2009, p. 10). Conroy, Sutherland, Snyder, Al-Hendawi, and Vo (2009) focused on important forms of teacher attention that can be used to help promote positive teacher-student interactions: teacher praise and feedback. Inside the classroom, teachers are responsible for creating a positive culture and building relationships. Teacher-to-student relationships start inside the classroom and carry over to outside the classroom. When teachers begin creating positive interactions with their students, they will begin to see positive behavioral outcomes leading to a positive classroom environment. We would also like to challenge teachers to take these techniques into consideration when trying to build these relationships in their online classrooms.

Additional Abstract Information

Presenters: Mackenzie Williams, Caitlyn Morgan

Institution: Georgia Southern University

Type: Poster

Subject: Education

Status: Approved

Time and Location

Session: Poster 5
Date/Time: Tue 12:30pm-1:30pm
Session Number: 4151