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Exemplary classroom management involves creating and sustaining healthy relationships, helping students make healthy choices for themselves and respecting the needs of everyone in the group. What can a teacher do to facilitate communication that conveys to the student deep understanding and concern?

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1. Exemplary classroom management involves creating and sustaining healthy relationships, helping students make healthy choices for themselves and respecting the needs of everyone in the group. What can a teacher do to facilitate communication that conveys to the student deep understanding and concern?

When a student owns a problem, the teacher's best intervention is to listen effectively to the student's problem (Reekie et al 2000). Gordon (1974) identified communication facilitators that the teacher can actively engage in. These techniques convey varying degrees of understanding and concern to the student.

Facilitative Communication

· Passive Listening: (Silence) give the student the opportunity to talk but is limited as a technique as it does not indicate if the teacher has really listened to the student's problems.

· Acknowledgement Responses: such responses as "Hmm hmmm" or nodding ...

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