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Building Interpersonal Relations in the Classroom

Strategies to make the teacher-student relationship a pathway to success

Go to the heart of effective teaching. Building Interpersonal Relations in the Classroom outlines diverse strategies for making the teacher-student relationship a pathway to success. It works on the premise that strong relationships foster good behaviour, more effort and improved performance in students. This resource will help teachers establish a safe, empowering and productive school environment for their students.

Ages: 5-17 | Pages: 56 | Code: 0252 | ISBN: 9781877390449

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John Hellner

John Hellner, a self-confessed "humorologist", has taught or worked as a teacher-educator in New Zealand secondary schools from 1975 to 2009. A former head of history at Auckland Grammar and deputy principal at Orewa College, he delivered the University of Waikato Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Secondary) at Tauranga. He is currently working at Overseas Family School in Singapore. John has published articles on education, and he believes humour is vital in a teacher-student relationship, which enhances learning.


1. Establish classroom credibility5
2. Create an optimum environment10
3. Share power13
4. Make each student feel special17
5. Show respect through common civility20
6. Walk a mile in my shoes23
7. Trust me26
8. Convey intimacy29
9. Cultivate a sense of belonging33
10. Offer a vision36
11. Use the art of small talk39
12. Be tentative42
13. Model the attitude, walk the walk45
14. Have a gracious heart48
15. Exercise good judgement51