Most teachers understand the importance of developing positive relationships with their students. However, developing good relations with students who are aggressive or who exhibit oppositional defiant behaviour can be very difficult. Teachers often find that the only interactions they have with these students are negative in nature, involving efforts to stop and re-direct disruptive and challenging behaviour. It is not surprising that many teachers develop a strong dislike of such students.
How can teachers maintain positive relations with students whose behaviour is challenging and difficult to manage? Identify and explain three ways. Make sure you choose significant (not trivial or highly unique and specific) strategies. Identify strategies that would apply across a wide variety of classroom events and behaviours.
(Word length: Maximum 200 words)