Evidence That It Works
Studies have found that teachers who practice mindfulness may experience an increase in awareness, focused attention, and working memory capacity—all of which can help them to become more intentional in the kinds of relationships they build with their students.
And decades of research show that for students from pre-K to 12, positive student-teacher relationships increase engagement, motivation, prosocial—kind and helpful—behavior, and academic achievement.
Why Does It Matter?
The teacher-student relationship is at the heart of teaching. Indeed, students do better when their teacher cares about them.
The impact of this relationship has long-lasting effects, as well. Conflict-ridden relationships with teachers in kindergarten predict worse grades, work habits, and discipline problems into late elementary or even middle school–thus pointing to the importance of fostering healthy relationships early on, especially with students who struggle with being successful in school.