Creating a positive learning environment through good classroom design is important. But of far greater importance is how a teacher relates to his or her students. A well-designed classroom with colorful, aesthetically (and functionally) appealing displays and efficient seating arrangements conducive to learning are all for naught if a teacher relates poorly to his or her students. Conversely, positive teacher-student relationships can make up for a poorly designed classroom or a less than ideal room assignment. Building positive teacher-student relationships is, in fact, so important that it is arguably the most important factor contributing to the success of students both behaviorally and academically. Students who experience respect and unconditional acceptance from their teacher are more likely to be compliant, respectful, and open to learning. On the other hand, students who experience disrespect and negativity are more likely to exhibit the same, act out in class, and misbehave in general.
The great value of fostering good teacher-student relationships, therefore, cannot be overstated. Trying to understand the complexity of human behavior and social interactions between individuals and within groups, however, is another matter. The issues are complex, and attempting to isolate the variables that contribute to positive relationships is not always easy and straightforward.
Personality, teaching style, and presence all play a role, but how and to what degree? We do not pretend to have all the answers. We do know that there are common strategies in play in the classrooms of highly effective teachers. These exceedingly successful teachers regularly and consistently develop positive student relationships, which can be learned and developed by all educators.
Classroom Management Benefits for Students
All children deserve the very best education you can deliver. You can do a great deal to help a student feel like they are a valued classroom member by just treating them as such. Consider your students as people, and not just students. Treat the students the way you like to be treated and everybody wins. By implementing this simple adjustment, the teacher leads by example and your students feel like they matter.
Through your example and guidance, the students in your classroom will:
- Enjoy and appreciate other students that they work with
- Show other students respect
- Be more motivated in class
- Take responsibilities for their own actions
1) Teachers who undergo my training have said that their students report many common positive effects such as:
- An increase in their enjoyment of the teacher and subject matter
- A motivation to come to class more often
- Paying more attention while in class
2) My training improves the students:
- Motivation for learning
- Enjoyment of the course
- Acceptance to what is being taught in class.
3) Teachers will learn how to:
- “Know” their students well
- Respond to their students as individuals
- Treat their students as people, not just students
4) Students in this type of classroom atmosphere feel that:
- They matter as people
- They are known as a person
- They are valued for who they are
5) This whole thought process of student / human value:
- Improves the classroom culture
- Replenishes classroom energy in a positive manner
- Provides time for intellectual work together.