Most people have fond memories of a favorite teacher. Whether it was a teacher who sparked an interest in a new subject, created a sense of belonging in the classroom, or listened and showed kindness, people remember the teachers who created a comfortable learning environment and truly made a difference in their lives.
Having a positive relationship with a teacher can impact how well a student learns. Studies have shown that a strong teacher-student relationship leads to higher academic engagement, higher grades, and fewer disruptive behaviors. In contrast, students who have a negative relationship with their teacher can feel stressed, and it could lead to poor academic performance and negatively impact a student’s social and emotional development.
Connections Academy® teacher Matthew Bullock has said of his teaching aspirations, “I needed [a teacher] who cared for me as a person. Those teachers are the teachers I strive to be today.”
A student’s comfort level also plays a role in their success. Does being comfortable help you learn? The research says it does, with students doing better in school academically when they feel safe and comfortable in their learning environment and with their teachers.
As a parent, you want your student to make a connection with their teachers so they feel comfortable and have a great school experience. You know your child is unique, and you hope that their teachers can really get to know them personally to see everything that makes them special, and that their teachers understand how to make a student feel valued.