Evidence That It Works
Studies with diverse groups of students have found that students describe good teachers as those who listen and take a personal interest in students’ lives.
Why Does It Matter?
The teacher-student relationship is at the heart of teaching. Students who know their teachers care about them are more engaged and motivated to learn. They also show greater prosocial — kind and helpful — behavior and increased academic achievement. Indeed, for students in grades 8-12, the teacher-student relationship is the one factor most closely associated with academic growth.
And teachers, too, benefit from good relationships with their students by experiencing the joy of teaching, helping them to maintain their commitment to the profession by preventing burnout.