What effect does building student-teacher relationships have on high school student readiness to learn?
Many teachers already know that our job is more than instruction. We are often called on to be therapists, advocates, friends, and cheerleaders, and, as my and others’ studies suggest, how we relate to the students is just as important as our curriculum in building successful students. Many of us became educators because we knew that having an impact on students’ learning really meant having an impact on the future, and we felt excited by all that challenge entailed. And, though the demands on us professionally are profound, we have the opportunity to positively impact all our students’ through hard work, support, compassion, and love. Building relationships with the young people who come through our classes every day is one piece of the whole big picture.
Classroom Management and School Culture,
Abraham Lincoln High School
you would like to learn more about Teachers Network Leadership
Institute, please e-mail Kimberly Johnson for more information.