Building Positive Relationships

Classroom Management


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Introduction 1:03

Getting to Know Your Students

Activities for Building Trust and Engagement 0:49

Sharing The Real You 3:13

Opportunities Outside of Class 1:47

Teaching Positive Social and Emotional Skills

Using Art to Discuss Real Life Scenarios 1:38

Creating a Sense of Community 1:06

Embracing Individuality 1:36

Using Humor, Song, and Movement

Blending in Humor and Song 2:49

Using Song in Routines 1:43

Managing Behavior

The Power of Nonverbal Communication 2:04

Praise Publicly, Correct Privately 1:14

Improving Student to Student Relationships

Using Norms in the Art Room 1:42

Dealing with Peer-to-Peer Friction 2:45


Conclusion 0:58

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Building Positive Relationships

1 PD Hours

  • 1 Explore a variety of activities for building trust and engagement.

  • 2 Learn how to blend song and movement for routines and transitions.

  • 3 Discover how to use art processes to build positive social and emotional skills.

Building strong, meaningful relationships with students is a critical part of teaching. Many students will not invest in your teaching philosophy if they do not believe you truly care about them. In this Learning Pack, you will discover a number of strategies to help you build relationships with your students through a variety of activities, routines, and procedures. Whether you need to establish new routines or tune up what you are currently doing, you’ll be able to develop a plan for success.

Connected Professional Art Educator Competencies
Daily Management
5.1 Celebrates student successes
5.2 Sets and communicates art room expectations, routines and procedures
5.3 Keeps accurate student records
5.4 Communicates with parents and families

Classroom Culture
5.12 Cultivates growth mindset/culture of learning
5.13 Works to build rapport and positive relationships with students

Rhonda Spight

Rhonda Spight

Elementary Art Teacher and PRO Facilitator

Rhonda teaches Pre-K through 5th grade Visual Art in Memphis, TN. She believes her role as an educator is to ignite the passion for art in her students, as her teachers did for her. For Rhonda, teaching and learning begin by creating a safe, interactive, and collaborative environment for students which promotes problem-solving and critical thinking skills.


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