Building relationships is the key to ensuring success with students in the classroom. A specify strategy that teachers can utilize to address challenging students is the 2 x 10 strategy. This strategy encourages teachers to meet with students for 2 minutes each day for 10 days in a row. The teachers hold two minute talks with the student about topics that are not related to school like family or the students’ likes and dislikes. This is a strategy that bridges trust between the student and the teacher. Later the student-teacher conversations can move to discussions about academics. Researcher Raymond Wlodkowski discovered that there was an 85% improvement in the student behaviors as well as the behaviors of the class by utilizing this strategy.
- Only meet with the student two minutes a day for ten straight days.
- Allow the student to share their thoughts with you on a topic that is not school related.
- Add your true feelings into the conversation.