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Building relationship between

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Building relationship between students and teachers is important. Teachers have to find the best ways to fully include students in group conversations. An environment where all students can communicate and actively participate shoud be created for resolving issues. There are some students who have some invisible barriers of attitudes and perceptions, so teachers should help those students t become more open and understanding in organizing some activities even out of school.

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I'm referenced this in

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I'm referenced this in another thread, but I'll mention it here too: There's a variation on 2 Truths that's called 2 Truths and a Wish. The icebreaker is one we use here at Edutopia with new staff, and it's a great way to find out what a person aspires towards.

Teaching in Japan

Good relationships are key to

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Good relationships are key to teaching language learners. I like the activities you mentioned. Im going to try the "All About Me" activity. I think this can be used even with low level learners if there is a set target language pre-rehearsed. I have tried a variation of the Two truths and a lie activity. It worked well. With low level learners we first talked about "I can____." and "I have ____." The students then came up with their own true and false sentences. With my class group work tends to drift off task (another blog topic) but it worked well with the entire class (about 20 students).

5th grade regular education teacher from Lewiston, ME

Learning Styles Survey

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Each year I have my students complete a learning styles survey and a multiple intelligences survey. I then have students move around the classroom to form groups based on different aspects of learning style. We discuss how differences in learning styles can be very advantageous. Students can find peers with whom to study who enjoy group work. When doing project-based learning, students can chose to work with students who have strengths in different areas to build a more rounded team. Because each student will have definite strengths, every player is recognized for their strengths which builds confidence.

2nd Grade Teacher in Las Vegas

I fully agree that building

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I fully agree that building positive relationships in the classroom has a profound role for both student achievement and teacher satisfaction. I have used several of these techniques with much success myself. Recently I have been considering incorporating at student reflection activity into my classroom. I really like the set up you suggested here. I think that it provides enough guidance for young students to accomplish while also allowing personal freedom. Sharing in groups is a great reflective and collaborative skill for students. I also appreciate the dynamic flexibility of the “four squares”. It would be a great activity to incorporate into numerous activities. Thanks for sharing these ideas!

Educator

These are great activities to

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These are great activities to get to know one another. I've played many in my life and with my students and usually always have fun with them. Building more meaningful relationships can also be a challenge, as the day in and day out experiences can affect classroom ties. Activities like www.recessitate.com builds fun activities into every classroom day that the students can just have fun with. It helps to destress kids and allows them to look forward to classroom time so that they can interact with each other in fun ways. It builds in student engagement. Have fun!

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