I regularly emphasize the importance of building relationships with students — in my teaching practice, here in my blog, and in my books. It’s a reflection of my nineteen-year community organizing career — we say that organizing is just another name for relationship-building.
I thought it might be useful to share some related resources — both showing research and providing “how-to” suggestions. Feel free to suggest others.
Here are my choices for The Best Resources On The Importance Of Building Positive Relationships With Students:
Robert Marzano has a short and useful article in this month’s issue of Educational Leadership. It’s titled Relating to Students: It’s What You Do That Counts.
The Power of Positive Relationships is by Tara Brown, and appeared in Middle Ground.
Resilience, Research, and Educational Reform is by Sue Truebridge at ASCD.
The Relationship Balance by Cindi Rigsbee at Educational Leadership.
Here are some of my own posts on the topic:
The Key To Disaster Survival? Friends And Neighbors is an NPR report on a new study documenting the importance of relationships. Though it doesn’t talk specifically about relationships and educations, the connections are pretty obvious.
Relationships Matter by Sean Slade is not a new study, but is an excellent compilation of studies highlighting the importance of positive teacher/student, family/school, teacher/teacher, and student/student relationships.
Five Practices for Building Positive Relationships With Students is from Ed Week Teacher.
Science Reveals the Power of a Handshake is from Science Daily.
Teacher-Student Relationships and Student Achievement is a very useful research paper.
This comic strip shows the importance of knowing our students’ “passwords,” and the only way for us to learn them is through building relationships.
What Relationships Mean in Educating Boys is an Ed Week report on two studies finding that the relationship between a teacher and a young male student is particularly important in creating positive learning experiences.
Best Teaching Is Based on Relationships is by Walt Gardner at Ed Week.
My latest Ed Week Teacher column brings together all my posts there from the past three years on the topic of “relationships.”
Get to Know Your Teachers, Kids is from the Atlantic and discusses the results of a new study.
10 Seconds: The Time It Takes a Student to Size You Up is by Peter DeWitt at Education Week.
Discipline to Build Student Relationships is from Connected Principals.
The Harvard Business Review published a short article titled The Neurochemistry of Positive Conversations. Read the article, which includes the chart in the tweet below. How are we doing in our conversations with students?
— Harvard Biz Review (@HarvardBiz) February 6, 2015
Four tips for building authentic connections with your teen students is from Edutopia.
Students Learn Less When They Sense Teacher Hostility is from Ed Week.
‘You Can’t get to Bloom Without Going Through Maslow’ is the headline of one of my Education Week Teacher columns. This eight-part series on teacher/student relationships is wrapped-up by Tara Brown, Dr. Donna Wilson, Dr. Marcus Conyers, Jennifer Cleary, Stuart Ablon, Alisha Pollastri, Eileen Depka, and Richard Gerver. I’ve also included responses from readers.
Stories from the Field: Building strong teacher-student relationships in the classroom is from Transforming Ed.
Teacher relationship skills and student learning is a new and useful study.
Feedback is welcome.