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Building a Health School Working Relationship
(by Arlene D. Ramos  10/12/2017)

Working with the Students

There are many ways on how to work harmoniously with your students. But loving and treasuring your job is the first and foremost important of all because you would not feel fulfilled if you yourself hate what you are doing. Aside from teaching your lessons effectively using varied strategies and instructional materials, you should find time to get to know and understand your diverse students so that you can match your strategies to their learning styles, multiple intelligences and capabilities.

If you want an effective teaching method and help students learn, first you should learn how to know them. Remember that students come from different backgrounds and have various learning needs. A well- informed teacher takes time to get to know his/her students individually-their attitudes, interests, and aspirations. The most effective teaching reflects a great comprehension of learning as integrated and demonstrated by the students over a continuous period of time.

Since your students are not mostly alike when they perform a learning task or situation, they do not all benefit from the same approach. Each individual has a distinctive learning strength and weakness. In this manner, you should intentionally use multiple ways and means to teach your students.

It has been proposed that teachers should evaluate the learning styles and motivation of their students and adapt their classroom methods to best fit each student’s ways of learning because these are the factors that influence students’ learning and their academic performance/achievement. Awareness of these factors may help your students learn effectively. Learning is evident if teachers consider these various factors that influence the way they learn.

Working with the School Personnel

Relationship with colleagues has a massive impact on our working lives. Building positive working relationship with coworkers takes time and effort.

As a teacher, you should try to make a good impression, recognize the school culture and work out who’s who in our school. You should involve yourself with the different school events and activities. Also, try to build cooperative relationships, particularly with other new teachers and personnel. Though, there are cliques among your colleagues, just try to stay neutral because it is better not to get strained into internal disputes.

Most of the schools have a combination of accommodating and enthusiastic faculty and staff members. There is also not so good and harmonious relationship. However, if you may encounter some conflicts, right there and there you should try to resolve it. Well-established staff can sometimes feel threatened by change or new ideas. However, you should acknowledge the skills and expertise of more experienced colleagues. You should also show confidence to express your ideas and suggest enhancements but in a pleasant and cautious way.

Being a teacher, you not only need to get to know your colleagues but also the complicated system of relationships that exists in the school.  Help and guidance may come from unexpected sources. Working out how the staff relate to each other is priceless, especially the relationships between teaching and support staff.        

Working with the Community

            The role of the teacher in an optimistic school-community relationship is extremely important since it is the teacher who is the pillar of the educational system. Although school boards build school policies and administrators interpret these policies, teachers are the people who implement them. Teachers must also be equipped to make the most promising impression possible in even the most guiltless situations in order to maintain community support. The community's perceptions of the teacher affect their discernments of the school and then student morale, school assets, and support for the school in general.

So as a teacher, you should have dwell on learning and directly transfer knowledge to your students, and indirectly to the people in your community. Within the school, you can also embody the finest values and attitudes of the community. You should be standing as an example of equality, of kindness and concern.

As a teacher, it is your responsibility to open lines of communication to families and other members of the community. In making this possible, you should use many different means like home visitations to students with delinquency or perhaps ask the parents to go to school and inform them about the performance of their children. Parents are our partners in their children’s education that is why their support is very important. Communication is one of the best gears we have. They need to know that they are a vital part of their child's education and future.

In addition, you should coordinate to private organizations and to the local government officials to conduct community activities like tree planting and feeding program/gift giving to indigent families of some barangays. As well as participate in some civic gatherings and activities in your community.

Teachers therefore do not only work in the four corners of their classrooms but they must go beyond their duties and responsibilities in school.

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