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Session Description:  

Research has shown that healthy teacher-student relationships and teacher credibility have a significant impact on student learning and overall classroom dynamics. Join Reba Gordon Matthews for this time-saving, to the point session as we explore practical strategies that educators can implement to establish strong connections with their students and promote a positive classroom culture. You will also walk away with valuable insights and actionable steps to create a classroom that fosters positive student relationships and enhances the overall learning journey. Join us and make a lasting impact on your students' lives! 

Learning Objectives: 

  • Apply practical techniques and strategies to build positive student relationships. 
  • Analyze different behaviors and responses to understand the importance of teaching replacement behaviors before students reach a crisis point. 
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of individualized behavior support plans in meeting the unique needs of students and fostering a sense of care and understanding. 
  • Create planned responses to various student behaviors to ensure consistency and fairness in classroom management. 
  • Apply the concept of balancing external and intrinsic rewards, choosing appropriate reward systems to motivate students effectively. 
  • Analyze the setup of a behaviorally appropriate classroom, identifying elements that support positive student behavior and a sense of belonging.   


Participants will join a collaborative backchannel chat and discuss strategies for creating a supportive classroom to demonstrate their understanding of the session objectives and reflect on their learning. 

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