Upper School Notes from Evan Robb ’80 – Positive Relationships

Published On: February 7th, 2023 | Categories: Food for Thought |


Positive Relationships

by Evan Robb ’80
Positive relationships help to elevate the culture of any school. Powhatan staff are keenly aware of the power of connections and how such connections improve the culture and environment for students and staff. Classroom communities at Powhatan have strong, positive relationships between the teacher and students, developing an environment that advances students’ social, emotional, and academic growth. In addition, strong relationships between teachers and students promote positive behavior and feelings of self-worth and self-efficacy—an “I can” mindset—among students. In addition, when students develop self-confidence, they are more apt to take risks in their academic work and believe they can reach important goals. Effective teachers know that it is never too late to build community and forge relationships with students.

The relationship between teachers and students in upper school is crucial for student development and academic success. Research shows that:

  1. Positive teacher-student relationships promote student engagement and motivation in school.
  2. Good relationships can lead to improved academic performance.
  3. Strong bonds between teachers and students can foster a sense of belonging and increase self-esteem.
  4. Teacher support and understanding can reduce stress and anxiety for students.
  5. Effective communication between teachers and students can enhance trust, leading to open and productive discussions.
  6. Teachers who connect with their students are better able to understand and address individual needs, leading to personalized and effective instruction.
  7. Positive relationships can also lead to better classroom management, creating a more conducive learning environment.

Overall, research supports the idea that strong relationships between teachers and students in the upper school are important for student well-being, academic success, and future success in life.

Next month’s blog staff will share their favorite ways to connect with students, build relationships, and cultivate a sense of community.