We all know that relationships are powerful tools to support learning. The thing is, it's difficult to strike the balance between being passive and being compassionate. How do you build relationships without crossing boundaries while still holding students accountable? Read on to learn how to strike a balance between being closed off and being too lenient...or worse, crossing a line.
Clear boundaries help students trust you. However, setting boundaries can be tricky. How do you do it without conceding to students or pushing them away? Below, I share three tips to help you get boundaries right. A main facet underlying the three tips is consistency. Strive for consistency and you'll ensure that you are predictable to students...trust and boundaries will follow.
Conclusion: Getting to know students in an appropriate way helps you to establish social boundaries. It models appropriate social interactions for trauma-affected youth. In addition, when you are consistent in your interpretations and enforcement of all rules, you gain students' trust. When they trust you, they are more likely to take risks in your class and make gains academically.
How will you establish boundaries to support student learning?
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My name is Erin E. Silcox. I'm working on my Ph.D. in Literacy Education, focusing on the intersection of trauma and literacy. I want to deepen our base of knowledge about trauma-informed practices in schools and help teachers apply findings right now.