The relationship between teachers and students can have a lasting impact on the development of a child. Teachers who have strong bonds with their students have been shown to be more effective in their teaching roles. In addition to lower levels of behavioral problems, teachers with strong classroom bonds are also able to achieve higher levels of academic success among students. The following guide explores the importance of positive teacher-student relationships.
Improving Academic Success
Studies have shown that strong relationships between a teacher and his or her students can have a substantial impact on academic success. When students view their teachers as a partner rather than an adversary, they are more open to learning. In addition, this can turn classrooms into a collaborative environment where students are more willing to listen to both the teacher and each other.
Preventing Behavior Problems in the Classroom
In some classrooms, students may feel a sense of alienation from those around them. In particular, students from a lower socioeconomic background may feel like school isn’t beneficial for them. In their minds, school is an environment that tries to control them without any personal benefit.
By building a stronger relationship with students, teachers can overcome many behavioral issues by helping students feel like they are part of a group. Instead of feeling like they are outsiders in the classroom, students begin to feel like they are part of a team. While teachers are different than friends, a familial relationship can be beneficial for many students who experience issues with behavior.
Improving Student Attitude Towards Classwork
When students recognize that a teacher truly wants the best for them, they are willing to try harder in the classroom. Many students don’t understand that schoolwork, while it may not be fun, is beneficial for them in the long run. Unfortunately, many students view schoolwork on a superficial basis. Schoolwork is viewed as something that isn’t fun and doesn’t provide a benefit. However, by building a stronger relationship with students, teachers can help their students recognize the value of their work.
Aiding Growth in and Outside the Classroom
Growth encompasses many different areas. These include emotional growth, academic growth, physical growth, and spiritual growth. Unfortunately, many classrooms focus only on growth in terms of academics. When teachers are able to take the time to build a stronger relationship with their students, it’s possible to create a stronger understanding of what individual students need to achieve higher levels of growth. By doing this, teachers can adapt their classroom activities to better meet the needs of students. Teachers gain the ability to help their students grow beyond academics. They can learn how to help their students grow in many different facets of their lives and ensure students have a successful future for themselves and those around them.
Learn More About the Benefits of Kirby Hall’s Closely Knit Community
The best way to learn more about Kirby Halls positive community is to experience the environment yourself. We highly encourage parents to take a tour of our campus where you can see first-hand the benefits of a closely knit classroom.