If you can’t build relationships with students

"Why is it,” Dr. Reedom mused recently, “that you can have a group of students in one teacher’s room and every student is engaged and on task and having success, but you can take that same group of kids and put them in a different teacher’s room and it is complete chaos? We have all seen this happen—what is behind this? Really, it is more about what the teacher is doing than what the student is doing. And so as it turns out, what the teacher does matters a great deal.”

A former teacher and school administrator and currently a nationally acclaimed trainer, Dr. Reedom sees a direct correlation between the perhaps mundane classroom management strategies a teacher employs and the teacher’s capacity to deliver high-quality instruction.

“I don’t care how much you know about chemistry, or math, or literacy: if you can’t build relationships with students, you’re not going to have success as a teacher. When teachers know how to engage and motivate kids, it goes a long way with minimizing disruptions in the classroom; and when disruptions are minimized, real learning can happen.”

What she said.