This video resource provides a great example of an empathic teaching style and the use of humor to build connections with students. There is additional information regarding classroom considerations and related resources at the bottom of the page.
Evidence of Effectiveness
"Based on a study investigating the psychometric properties of teaching evaluation instruments, student-teacher rapport is one of the distinctive features of master teachers (Keeley et al., 2009).
This rapport is additionally related to increased student motivation and improved grades (Wilson et al., 2010)."