Our education sector is evolving fast as compared to yesteryears. Today; schools have transitioned to proficiency-based learning institutions. As a result, school administrators, teachers, parents, and community members are encouraged to develop strong relationships with students as a way of helping them succeed in their academics. Developing positive relationships with our school going children, we make them feel loved, happier, supported, connected and appreciated. When this happens, we help them meet the set academic standards by enjoying learning leading to their success.
It’s important for everyone including teachers, mentors, family, and friends among other supportive adults to play their roles to help our students to beat disengagement and truancy if we want them to excel both socially and academically. All of us should make effort to build solid relationships with our kids early on to ensure they have a reliable support system they can depend on. Strong relationships between schools and families should be a collective responsibility for everyone.
Developing meaningful relationships with students boosts their confidence and motivates their progress in school. It also encourages them to take risks, challenge themselves in difficult situations and even celebrate their accomplishments.
How will developing strong relationships with students lead to their success?
Promotes enhanced communication
Developing solid positive relationships with students promotes consistent communication between them and their schools. With effective communication, teachers will be able to understand the challenges or problems their students are facing. Resultantly, an improved two-way communication leads to better interactions between teachers and students leading to success.
Discourages disparity in our learning institutions
Strong relationships between schools and students lead to true equity. All students will be able to have equal opportunities to enhance their literature, technology, and social economic performances without discrimination regardless of their ethnicity, social class, gender or cultural differences. Resentment and disparity in our learning institutions can be a major hindrance to students’ success both academically and socially.
Creates an open learning environment for everyone
Building strong students-teachers relationships leads to an emotionally and physically-safe learning space for everyone. Students from different cultural, social and ethnical backgrounds are able to learn how to be patient, respectful and tolerant of their differences when there’s rapport.
Builds Mutual trust, Respect, and Feedback
Without mutual understanding, trust, respect, and feedback, it is impossible to develop strong relationships with each other. Long-term relationships can only be built when students and teachers have mutual respect, trust, and feedback.
Developing strong, positive and supportive relationships with our students is the best recipe for their academic and social excellence.