Why Teacher-Student Relationships Matter is an article in Education Week that reviews recent research into the topic.

It’s an important piece because it discusses not just that those relationships matter, but also the possible different kinds of relationships.

For example, it distinguishes between an “instrument” focus designed to elicit compliance and contrasts it with a more positive “reciprocal” emphasis.

I’ve previously discussed a similar comparison in Being ‘Transactional’ Versus Being ‘Transformational’ in Schools. It’s also similar to the contrasts between “authoritative” and “authoritarian.”

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