Maybe it’s a friendly greeting by name at the door in the mornings. Maybe it’s a funny phrase or expression they’ve become known for, such as “Are you alive, awake, alert and enthusiastic?” Or, maybe it’s the two-minute conversations they make time for with the “quiet” student on a regular basis. Teachers use so many strategies to become connected to their students because they know the importance of building close student-teacher relationships.
Students, like all humans, have a need to connect with others, including teachers. Getting to know students both academically and socially is a critical part of student success. Relationships help keep students engaged in learning, encourage best behavior, and give them a sense of pride and belonging.
Positive Relationships Build Academic Success
When teachers build positive relationships with students, the classroom becomes a safe learning-friendly environment where students feel more confident taking risks and pushing their intellect to higher levels. Knowing how students think and what they like also gives teachers a chance to individualize instruction and build the most meaningful curriculum for them. And then teachers can use that knowledge to find ways to help students understand the material.
Studies show that students who have a strong alliance with their teacher perform better academically than those who have any sort of conflict. The key for teachers is to find a balance between maintaining strong student relationships and setting and maintaining class procedures and high expectations. Smaller teacher-to-student ratios help accomplish the chance to build these strong, positive relationships with students.
Positive Relationships Avoid Behavior Challenges
Whether teachers participate in getting-to-know you games or answer questions from students about their personal lives, teachers can make a big impact by sharing a little of themselves and their families, allowing students to see them as a real person. When teachers allow students to get to know them, their struggles, their lives, they will find their students become more comfortable, relaxed and receptive to both teaching and the redirection of misbehavior.
A learning environment that is created with positive student-teacher relationships is one in which there is a mutual respect between teacher and students. Teachers can foster this environment by addressing inappropriate behavior calmly and/or in private, and acknowledging students feelings to try to understand the cause of the misbehavior. It’s also okay to spend a little instructional time in developing this sense of community. It will be time well-spent when teachers don’t have to interrupt class to redirect a misbehaving student.
Positive Relationships Develop Student Self-Worth
When teachers work to develop positive student relationships, the classroom becomes a place where every student feels wanted, appreciated, and loved. This type of atmosphere builds a sustaining self-confidence for students that will carry on into the next grades and beyond. Teachers that present students with the same chances to participate in class discussions, praise students, and express confidence in their students give students a sense of pride. Students, especially those at-risk or with low self-esteem, react positively to this encouragement from their teachers.
How Teachers Build Positive Student Relationships
A good deal of a teacher’s education is spent collecting strategies on how to motivate learners to succeed. Relationships can be built using many techniques including:
- Collecting information about students at the beginning of the year using a survey, interview or other tool.
- Allowing students time to get to know each other through discussions and games so they are more comfortable sharing ideas in class and more productive. Let them find out the similarities they have with others in the class.
- Planning after school activities or clubs to share your own hobbies or interests with students, or help them develop theirs.
- Conducting Monday “Highs and Lows” to allow students to share the “best” and “worst” thing that happened to them over the weekend.
- Celebrate birthdays or other special milestones in class.
- Speaking kindly to students, using less sarcasm.
- Treating students with love, affection and respect.
- Never giving up trying to build relationships, no matter how difficult.
Build Your Relationships at Chatsworth Hills Academy
Teachers in all grade levels at Chatsworth Hills Academy are educated about the benefits of building positive student relationships. And they are skilled at developing bonds with their students while still setting high expectations and enforcing classroom rules. We are committed to providing the best educational learning environments for all of our students and would love for your student to find out more! Give us a all today at (818) 998-4037, or fill out our online inquiry form. We welcome the chance to tell you about our teacher-student relationships and our entire academic program.