Here's what I found:
Synonyms of the word relationship: connection, relation, association, link, correlation, correspondence, parallel, alliance, bond
Synonyms of the word transaction: undertaking, arrangement, bargain, negotiation, settlement, proceedings.
Which traits would YOU rather have in your classroom from the above two comparisons?
Well, let's break it down for you in paragraph form using the above synonyms (you might need to read these paragraphs TWICE to get the full meaning of what I'm getting at):
A relationship with your students means that you are making a connection, a relation, an association of sorts, so that you can link the correlation of complex curriculum with the correspondences that you are making, while making parallel examples that eventually create an alliance and bond that is so powerful…it actually makes it FUN to teach.
A transaction with your students is a huge undertaking, an arrangement of sorts, where you might need to bargain with them in order to negotiate an agreement of good behavior, so that a settlement of your lesson will conclude the proceedings… making you quite possibly flustered, tired, and frustrated… with you bringing more work home than is necessary, and not really teaching as effectively as you could.
Me, personally… I would rather make relationships with my students than transactions.
I know how it feels to be on the other end of a "transaction" with what happened to my basketball career when I was a young adult, and it certainly doesn't feel so hot.
The P.O.W.E.R.F.U.L. Program makes relationships a reality. It allows students to feel good about themselves. It promotes the positive inner strengths that we all have, by allowing them to grow with a sense of purpose and gratitude. It allows us as teachers to gain valuable knowledge so that we can improve their weaknesses.
So ask yourself, "Do I want this for my students, too?"
I want to make a relationship with you … teaching you how to do this effectively so that you have that passion and fun each day that is inside of you. It can be SO powerful, and I promise to help you every step of the way.
So, what are you waiting for? Please don't think of it as a transaction, but believe that we can make an excellent relationship to help you get to where you want to be.
Looking forward to helping you out.
<This post was first published 1/1/15>