I have found that works best for my high school students is that I let them
know that I truely like them. I use a LOT of humor in my classroom. You have
to be tough with them, but as long as you are fair they will respond
positively. These students are still children, but also are close to being
adults, and they are dealing with issues that have got to be tough for them.
Don't be fake or phony with them and DON'T pretend to know something that
you don't cause they will see right through you! Having had many of them as
elementary students will be a plus for you - I have my students from grades
3-12 (up until last year I was K-12 and my admin decided to lighten my
teaching load so I can help with technology integration) so my students
already know pretty much what to expect for my expectations once they move
to the high school. Good luck - you'll love your high school students as
much as you loved them when they were little!
3-12 Kansas Art Teacher
HS Digital Communications
Technology Integration Specialist
> I'll be teaching art and theater for the first time this fall - moving to
> high school after 10 years in elementary music. One of the things I'm
> most concerned about is my ability to set up a trusting atmosphere in each
> class so that we can do some cooperative work, much like you described. I
> know how to do that with little guys, but not teens, even though I'll be
> teaching many of my former students. I'd like to request a small sidebar.
> How do you create trust? What does your first day look like?