Why are student-teacher positive relationships important?
Student and teacher relationships can have a lasting effect on a child’s growth. There are few teachers that you never forget. If they have mentored you in your pet subject or supported you on your way to university, you have some time very good relationship with your educators. For many of us, these experiences are the reason why we first got into teaching.
It has been shown that teachers who have close relationships with their students are more successful in their teaching positions. Besides lower rates of behavioral issues, teachers with good relationships in the classroom can also achieve higher levels of academic achievement among students.
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Moving on towards our present topic of discussion, let us have a look at how a teacher-student relationship can affect a student’s future academic and teachers present career:
Does student teacher relationship impacts education?
The student-teacher relationship plays a major part in the trajectory of academic achievement. The social growth of a child is also very much dependent on his school performance. Establishing a good relationship with the teacher in the classroom environments makes a student feel more relaxed and secure.
As a result, students are more likely to participate actively in the class and academically challenge themselves. Statistics show that teachers who feel committed to enthusiastic students who interact proactively with them in their relationships rate a full grade higher than others. Since day one of school, it helps to have a good relationship with a teacher.
This teacher and student partnership is a pillar in the educational as well as social maturation phase of a student. Cultivating a healthy relationship with a representative of a non-parental authority helps students to identify themselves. It takes time to adjust to the environment and to increase emotional and social intelligence. It takes bravery and dedication to speak personally to an instructor to let them know how much good you are doing in the classroom.
Healthy boundaries between teacher and students:
Experts warn that “relationship” doesn’t equal “friends” for teachers and students. It is necessary to develop a healthy relationship in the class with each student. In my perspective, maintaining boundaries is one of the difficult challenges teachers face in the initial years of educational career. Teachers must make it clear to the students that being friendly does not necessarily mean you cross your ethical limits.
For example; if a teacher does not necessarily focuses on maintain the limits in her relationships with kids. She might not be able to control the class. Students might not pay her that due attention which is necessary. This can eventually cause a loss in their academic performances, as well as a class discipline, which is disturbed.
Teachers should also maintain a balance between emotional caring relationships and academic relationships with each student. Same precautionary measures while being connected on social media. Some schools have policies against teachers on Facebook, Twitter, or other sites following or nice current students, partially because it might open up exposure to teachers if they encounter inappropriate activity from online students. Teachers will always be upfront with students who depend on them to disclose evidence of misconduct by law and cannot keep secrets that might put students at risk.
It is suggested that teachers should share personal stories if they are “purposeful and relevant” to the discussion. They should use these to model what level of detail is suitable for students to share in social conversations.
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