Teacher Sarah Nalumansi
11 Apr 2022
Building a strong relationship with our pupils as teachers is the most important and interesting part in teaching.
Building a strong relationship with our pupils as teachers is the most important and interesting part in teaching. In this world, teachers are mentors and cheer leaders of pupils whom we teach in order to discover the star in them.
To achieve this attribute, we need to know the kind of pupils we teach, their interests, character, likes and dislikes, being good listeners to their concerns, accord them respect and work within their strengths to achieve big goals.
As teachers, we should create a kind and friendly learning environment for our pupils where they feel valued and appreciated for their contributions in the day today running of their daily experiences in a school environment.
Whereas, children make many mistakes as they explore their environment with peers, we should keep health boundaries with them and always devise non offensive feedback in correcting them. Building a good rapport with a child will always make him/her reflect on his or her actions and a friendly talk with this child shapes character, develops responsibility taking on actions and improves future actions.
With a strong teacher- pupil relationship, learners feel confident to share their ideas and thoughts with a teacher. In this regard, children find themselves sharing deep conversations with their teachers especially when they are faced with domestic struggles. This deep understanding of a child should also be sought by parents such that children find it easy to share their life struggles with their parents.
The relationship built on trust between a teacher and a child, yields a lot of life changing attributes in a child such as a positive attitude towards learning, taking on roles/responsibilities, academic achievements, character building among others.
I hope this experience helps teachers and parents to reflect on how mandatory it is to build a relationship with your child/pupil.