There’s not much new in today’s Guardian article, Can you spot a good teacher from their characteristics?, but it does contain this important reminder:


That’s similar to findings by Robert Marzano:

In a recent meta-analysis of more than 100 studies (Marzano, 2003b), we found that the quality of teacher-student relationships is the keystone for all other aspects of classroom management.

And, from Marzano again,:

If the relationship between the teacher and the students is good, then everything else that occurs in the classroom seems to be enhanced.

I’m adding this post to The Best Resources On The Importance Of Building Positive Relationships With Students.