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Embracing Relational Teaching

How Strong Relationships Promote Student Self-Regulation and Efficacy

By: Anthony R. Reibel

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.

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Strengthen student ownership of learning with relational classroom practices

When you shift to relational pedagogy, you establish connections that help students feel valued, respected, and heard, which leads to enhanced student engagement. Author Anthony R. Reibel explores this approach, offering strategies and activities to make everyday interactions, such as instruction, assessment, reflection, and grading, more meaningful through student-teacher relationships. The result is higher levels of social-emotional and academic learning.

This book will help K–12 teachers and administrators:

  • 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

Related Topics

InstructionSocial-Emotional LearningStudent Engagement


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Product Code: BKF949, EKF512

ISBN: 9781949539912

Published By: Solution Tree

Embracing Relational Teaching is an important read for those who want the very best for their students. Author Anthony Reibel’s emphasis on making sure educators focus on students finding meaning and purpose in their learning is truly inspirational. This is a powerful work that challenges conventional thinking to help educators reflect and grow as leaders. I highly recommend it for those who want to improve learning for students and those who serve them.”

Jack Baldermann, principal, Westmont High School, Illinois

Embracing Relational Teaching is full of thoughtful templates, tools, and strategies for placing relationships front and center in daily planning, teaching, and assessment practices. More importantly, this book offers powerful insight into why relational teaching matters to both teachers and learners, and why this approach truly honors the critical teacher-student relationship. Be ready for examples, ideas, and approaches that will shift how teaching and learning is experienced by the people it impacts the most.”

Katie White, educational presenter, educator, and author

Embracing Relational Teaching is one of the most profoundly refreshing and reflective approaches to educating human beings that I have seen in my career, with the potential to change the lives of both educators and learners. Stop and take time to notice, hear, and validate learners as they become believers in their own competence and agency. This resource reaches beyond the crisis to care and belong, which all students deserve. What a timely gift to education!”

Regina Stephens Owens, educator, author, and presenter

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