The importance of a Student-Teacher Relationship
One of the most pure and deeply inspirational relationships is that of a devoted teacher and a willing student. Everyone has a favorite teacher. Even now we cherish the memories and relationships that were made in school. It is how the student teacher relationships were developed, nurtured, and given space to evolve.
The ability to forge a positive, powerful relationship between a student and teacher may seem like a difficult task first but can be easily accomplished by creating a strong learning environment. While students learn a particular subject from a teacher, the teacher learns how to improve her teaching skills and make the lessons more interesting by gaining insights from the students.
So what does it take to bring about such difference in the classroom that creates an everlasting, powerful relationship between a student and a teacher?
A consistent and healthy communication between the teacher and student is crucial. A teacher who understands the problems of his or her students and then shapes his or her teaching style in order to interact better with the student can see success, but this takes not simply observation, but communication. A teacher cannot understand problem of each child but getting a general idea to mould the lesson in a way that is more effective for a class.
Trust and Respect
The foundation of any relationship is mutual respect and trust. The teachers that show respect towards their students and are keen to help them through their difficulties become the object of respect themselves and it triggers a passion among students to learn and make their teachers proud.
Telling students that the can do well, praising them with smiles, words of encouragement, and even celebratory applause will all lead to motivating a student further and accomplishing more.
A Safe Environment
Students need to feel safe when asking questions, safe in the belief that they won’t be taunted or criticized and that their question or comment will be answered with patience and respect. When teachers create that safe environment, students automatically trust that teacher more. They need to know that it is okay to have a different opinion and it is okay to speak their minds, share ideas.
Disparity in learning is a barrier to academic performance. Whether you’re talking about technology access, access to literature, or related socioeconomic trends, equity matters.
Playing favorites might get you into good books of few students. This can create resentment among others who will feel left out. Focusing on all students equally in class will lead to a powerful student-teacher relationship for everyone.
This article is inspired by and contains excerpts from an article on Teach Thought website. Read the original here.