Bonding with Your Students

One of the key elements in creating excellence in the classroom is developing healthy bonds with your students. To develop a healthy bond with each of your students keep some of the following key points in mind.

  1. Your students must know they can trust you.
  2. Your students must know they can depend on you.
  3. Your students must know that you like them.
  4. Your students must know that you care about their needs.
  5. Your students must know that you will keep them safe.

Building a healthy bond takes time and consistency. What can you do to foster healthy bonds?

  1. Show up every day so your students can be with you on a consistent basis.
  2. Talk to your students with a kind and reassuring tone of voice.
  3. Listen to what your students have to say.
  4. Take time to sit and read, sing, and play with your students.
  5. Handle your students with care.


Every teacher needs to be prepared to manage student behavior in the classroom. The question is, when you are faced with a behavioral issue, how will you respond?  How you respond to a problem will impact how well you resolve the problem. The next time you are faced with a problem, remember to take a deep breath and consider these principles while you breathe…

  • Be kind
  • Remain calm
  • Evaluate the problem
  • Address the cause of the problem
  • Teach students your expectations for the future
  • Help students be successful in meeting your expectations
  • Examine what you can do to prevent the problem from happening again

By Deborah J. Stewart M.Ed., Published by IPC Press, a division of IPC. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, transmitted any any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without the prior permission of the publishers. Opinions and views expressed in this publication do not necessarily represent those of IPC. © 2010 IPC Press