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Embracing Relational Teaching

How Strong Relationships Promote Student Self-Regulation and Efficacy

Shifting from transactional to relational teaching empowers students and creates a more engaging classroom environment. This essential guide explores the why behind this shift and shares immediately applicable strategies for K–12 teachers.

Benefits

  • Understand the meaning of relational pedagogy.
  • Gain the ability to organize curriculum to focus on student-centered learning.
  • Utilize reflection tools to better build relational assessments.
  • Learn to implement observational learning and avoid transactional instructional models.
  • Develop deeper relationships with students.

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Table of Contents

Part One: Foundational Principles of Relational Teaching
Chapter 1: Relationships as the Foundation for Effective Pedagogy
Chapter 2: The Relational Teacher
Part Two: Relational Practices
Chapter 3: The Relational Curriculum
Chapter 4: Relational Instruction
Chapter 5: Relational Assessment
Chapter 6: Relational Feedback
Chapter 7: Relational Rubrics
Chapter 8: Relational Grading
Epilogue

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