There are all kinds of relationships within a school community that involve faculty, staff, students, parents and others, but for the purposes of today's post, I would like to focus on the importance of fostering strong relationships between students and teachers. This may happen in a variety of contexts such as during classes and clubs, on the athletic fields, and through advisory programs. But regardless of the context or venue, adults have the opportunity to do far more than implement a curriculum or teach a particular skill. Within the boundaries of a strong and healthy relationship, teachers can also become mentors, lead by example, and provide important insights into key decisions by offering sound advice at the right moments. And when those relationships develop a foundation of trust, teachers may also help students find a higher sense of purpose to pursue life’s goals in meaningful ways. Healthy relationships within schools help students discover what’s important while better understanding the consequences of their decisions both in school and throughout their lives.
Of course, adults in other environments offer similar
guidance and shape a child’s outlook in profound ways. But there are times when
teachers are uniquely positioned to offer valuable perspectives and encourage
learning at just the right moment. It often does take a village to raise a
child, and when a school fosters healthy, strong relationships between teachers
and students, many of the other priorities fall into place.