Developing positive relationships
Presented by: Bernardina de los
What is positive relationships?
• Developing positive relationships with the
people is the main key to a happy and calm
environment. Without a positive and
supportive attitude there will be no trust and
honesty between our self, parents and the
• According to Melon (2012) Communicating in
the right way will show others that you are
able to talk to them about any aspects of your
role as a teaching assistant or show them that
you are willing to take on any task within that
role. Forming close relationships with the
other practitioners will help to inform each
other of any worries or concerns that one of
you may have regarding a child.
Developing positive relationship
Relationship with the Students
According to H. Richard Milner IV (2011) There
are five ways in which we can have a good
relationships with our students:
1. Interview Your Students: This strategy
suggests that teachers engage in conversations
with students themselves to learn from and
about them. Teachers can then incorporate this
learning into the class curriculum and teaching.
2. Give assignments that allow students to share their experiences and
interests: In language arts, assignments might include journal writing or
essay writing. In social studies, assignments might include family history
projects or local community-studies projects.
3. Encourage classroom discussions that let students be the center of
attention: Teachers should not always be at the center of discussions
but should allow students to share events and experiences from home
and their community.
4. Attend extracurricular activities featuring your students: It means
something to students when teachers take time out of their schedules to
visit an activity they are involved in.
5. Visit a site in your students’ community: When teachers immerse
themselves in a student’s community, they get a first-hand view of the
student’s life outside the learning environment.
Relationships with parents:
• Is very important that as teachers we build a good relationship with our student’s
parents. They can be our best friends or our worst enemy. The following four tips by
Derrick Meador (2014 ) can help us build quality solid relationships with parents.
• 1. Build Their Trust: The first step to building their trust is simply letting them
know you on a more personal level. If a parent can relate to you, then the
communication and trust between you will likely be solid.
• 2. Listen to Them: Listening to them is just as powerful as explaining your side. You
will find more times than not the frustration is not with you, but instead with their
child, and they simply need to vent.
• 3. Communicate Often: communication between parents and teachers are
important, for the development of our children.
• 4. Document Every Communication: A parent could claim that you never talked to
them about it, but if you have it documented that you did four times throughout the
year, the parent has no basis for their claim.
Relationships between teachers
I personally, believe that teachers’ relationships
with each other is important. A good school is
composed of good quality teachers. If the school
lack unit staff the children will be dishonest and
their performance will be greatly affected.
“Education is not to reform students or amuse
them or to make them expert technicians. It is to
unsettle their minds, widen their horizons, inflame
their intellects, teach them to think straight, if
possible.” Robert M. Hutchins 2013) Reasons why
I had always believed that a good relationship
between co-workers is the key to a successful
children and school.
There are things we should avoid in
away to have a good relationship with
• Do not talk about or discuss your co-workers with your
• Do not engage in conversation or discuss your co-workers
with a parent.
• Do not talk about or discuss your co-worker with other co-
• Do not isolate yourself on a regular basis.
• Avoid being confrontational or combative.
• Avoid starting, spreading, or discussing gossip and hearsay
about parents, students, and/or co-workers.
• Avoid being critical of your co-workers.
Derrick Meador ( 2014)
Eleven things to keep in mind when trying to
build positive relationships with faculty and
staff members at school:
• 1 Encourage and show kindness and humility -- Never let an
opportunity to show kindness or encouragement to others to
• 2. Be happy – Every day you go to work, you need to make a
choice to be happy. Making a choice to be happy on a day to
day basis will make people around you more comfortable on a
day to day basis. Don’t dwell on negatives and maintain a
• 3. Refuse to engage in gossip or hearsay -- Don't allow gossip
to rule your life. In the workplace, morale is vitally
essential. Gossip will tear apart a staff faster than anything
else. Do not engage in it and nip it in the bud when it is
presented to you.
• 4. Let the water roll off your back –Don’t let negative things
said about you get under your skin.
• 5.Collaborate with your peers – Collaboration is vitally
essential among teachers.
• 6. Watch what you say to people -- How you say
something counts for just as much as what you say.
• 7. If you make a promise, you better be prepared to
keep it -- If you intend to make promises, you had
better be prepared to keep them, no matter what the
• 8. Learn about others’ outside interests -- Find a
common interest that you have with others (e.g.
grandchildren, sports, movies, etc.) and spark a
• 9. Be open-minded -- Do not get into arguments.
Discuss things with people rather than argue.
• 10. Understand that some peoples’ feelings
are hurt easier than others -– Humor can
bring people together, but it can also tear
• 11. Don’t worry about accolades -- Do your
best. It's the best you can do. Let others see
your work ethic, and you will be able to take
pride and pleasure in a job well done.
• In my opinion a good relationship with our
students, parents, and co-workers is the center of
a healthy life and a happy environment.
Good relationships help us to prosper in anything
we do, in our work place, in our relationship with
our students, and friend. It also help us to be more
happy and successful with our students. Is
significant to remember that what we do in the
present will affect our, and others people future.
This is a nice video that helped teacher to have a
better relationship with parents. By: Megan Olivia
Hall at TEDxBurnsvilleED
Aquilar, E. (2011) Twenty tips for developing positive relationships with parents.
Millner, R. (2011) Five Easy Ways to Connect with Students. http://hepg.org/hel-
Melon,111177 (2012).Explain why communications is important in developing
positive relationships with children, young, people and adults.
Meador, D (2014) Tips for effective parent and teacher communication.
Mitchell, M (2013) Awe-Inspiring Quotes for Teachers and Parents
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