The relationship between students and teachers are essential for creating a positive learning environment, along with academic success and social interaction.
Benefits for the pupils
When a positive relationship is created, pupils feel safe within the classroom, encouraging them to take part in classroom discussion, voice their opinion and building their academic success. When a bond is created with a teacher, both socially and emotionally, pupils are encouraged and challenged to perform and function to their very best. They listen to teachers’ constructive feedback, show more engagement in learning and behave better in class. As communication links between the two are strong, pupils can share any concerns, questions or thoughts on a lesson, helping to develop their understanding of a topic. As students are listened to and encouraged to work within the classroom, they become more independent as their skills develop, but also, work well with others in the class. As a result of this new teamwork, behavioural issues become less, while all students are making an effort. As a result, reports have found that when a pupil enjoys working with their teacher, their grades are significantly higher, than subjects taught with teachers who they have a negative relationship with.
Benefits for the teacher
From the beginning, setting out teachers’ expectations are essential to ensure that pupils know what you wish for them to achieve, and also, make them aware of your rules within the classroom. Allowing pupils to voice their opinions and their own expectations, allows them to feel included in the decision-making process, helping you to value their opinions. Using a range of positive interactions such as discussions in a respectful way, encouragement phrases and showing an interest in students backgrounds and interests, allows a positive relationship to form. Trying to spend time working on a one to one basis can help the most difficult or quiet students, ensuring that all children within your classroom become engaged. Modelling positive behaviour can be an effective way for your students to develop a wide range of skills, not just academic. Having a positive attitude not only creates learners to take part in lessons, but also, promotes teacher’s mental health and own attitude, making their job more pleasurable. Teachers who have a strong working relationship with pupils, find their jobs more enjoyable and are more willing to use a wide range of teaching strategies as there are limited behavioural issues.
Positive relationships take time and effort, so the more you put in, the greater the long-term benefits will be.