Establishing Rapport: Personal Interaction and Learning

Neil Fleming, The IDEA Center (Individual Development & Educational Assessment)

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This paper offers insightful methods to increase student learning by considering the relationship between students and teachers. The author provides numerous examples drawn from the educational literature along with specific recommendations for improving rapport with students. Some examples include conveying interest in and support of students, establishing a personal connection, using humor, taking on a mentoring role rather than a purely teaching role, encouraging contact outside of class, having some informal or less-structured parts of a class period, and being fair with grading and criticism. These are but a few of the many helpful examples in this thought-provoking paper.

Subject: Education
Resource Type: Pedagogic Resources:Overview/Summary
Research on Learning: Affective Domain
Topics: EducationKeyword: affective domain