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Relationships have always been an integral component of teaching and learning. In today's diverse school settings, it is critical to build healthy connections with students, parents, coworkers, and community members. Improving Teaching and Learning provides educators with the necessary tools to meet this need. Developing a better "relationship quotient" will not only empower teachers to become exceptional educators, but it will also allow them to serve as positive role models for the next generation of culturally competent citizens. Features Include: -A balanced mix of current theory -Practical applicable tips and techniques -Stories about real educational situations -A "Classroom Conundrum" at the end of each chapter to aide in application of key concepts -A "Multicultural Matters" component for each chapter allowing readers to think about issues of diversity and apply them in their own school settings Teachers will quickly discover that young people can improve communication, cultivate cultural understanding, and connect within the diverse community that surrounds them. In addition, by honing the simple, yet strategic skills detailed in this book, educators will experience more successful and satisfying lives--both personally and professionally!