Engaging Students One-on-One

Learning Objectives

  • Know how to build healthy teacher-student relationships that foster an opportunity to increase trust, transparency and vulnerability
  • Identify strategies for connecting with students on a personal level
  • Discover how to establish a learning environment that both supports and challenges your students
  • Learn how to use strategies, structure and process to help teach students good learning and work habits
  • Understand how to engage in one-on-one teaching that helps students learn to seek knowledge for themselves and achieve independence


When interacting with students one-on-one, you have the power to impact their success in the classroom and in in life. In this program, you will learn how to better engage with students in a one-on-one setting so that you can lead a student towards achieving independence.

Guiding students to be motivated, successful learners requires building healthy teacher-student relationships. This program addresses how to build strong connections by relating to your students on a personal level; showing sincerity through engaging in casual conversation with your students; communicating verbally and nonverbally; using the Keys 4 Conversation to promote positive behavior; encouraging analytical thinking to instill confidence and curiosity in the student; sharing your experience; and practicing transparency in the process.

About the Presenter

Dave Schmittou is a beach bum/educational pirate, an energetic speaker, and the author of Making Assessment Work, Bold Humility and It’s Like Riding a Bike. Dave is currently a professor of Educational Leadership at Central Michigan University, a former elementary and middle school principal, assistant principal, coach and teacher. He is the winner of the 2014 Michigan Administrator of the Year award and the 2018 College Educator of the Year award.

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