Next to parents, teachers ideally hold the highest regard in the life of children. Teachers not only play a crucial role in the intellectual development of students but also help to build the personality of the students, aiding them in their academic as well as personal growth. Successful teachers are the ones who maximize the learning potential of students and have the ability to develop a positive relationship with their students. It is an undeniable fact that strong teacher-student bonding contributes to effective learning and is certainly one of the fundamental aspects of delivering quality education. This is because the bond that the teachers and the students share has a lasting impact on the development of the latter. This bond is what helps to lower the behavioral problems in students and enables them to achieve higher levels of academic success as they grow.
We, at the JP International School, believe that it is important for teachers to establish a positive relationship with their students, encouraging them to participate cooperatively in all aspects of learning. When there is a positive student-teacher relationship, students are highly motivated to learning and subsequently show increased classroom engagement.
Impact of Positive Teacher-Student Relationship
Indeed, in every student’s life, teachers are the powerful and effective means of encouragement and support outside the home environment. The quality and nature of the relationship of a teacher with his/her students have a larger effect on the student’s personal, social, behavioral, and professional development. Some of the key aspects that good teacher-student bonding impacts are:
Improving Academic Success: Positive relationships between students and teachers is sure to favor the social and academic outcomes. The inherent qualities such as caring, trust, and mutual respect in a teacher-student relationship increase a teacher’s rapport with students and improve their attitude in the classroom, thus creating an environment that affirms and supports them the students achieve the best.
Preventing Behavioral/Mental Problems: The impact of teacher-student bonding upon student’s behavioral and mental health cannot be ignored. With a supportive framework to guide and advice, young students struggling with behavioral and mental problems can be easily dealt with. Teacher-student bonding can influence the development of ‘prosocial’ behaviors like altruism and cooperation, significantly reducing aggressive and oppositional behaviors in the classroom. A harmonious classroom environment assists in better development of students’ creativity and talents, and reduce their anxiety levels.
Aiding Growth in and Outside the Classroom: Having positive relationships with teachers in the class allows students to confidently take on academic challenges, which also paves way for their social-emotional development. When the teacher-student relationship is well-established, classrooms become supportive places for students, allowing them to engage and grow in both academically and socially productive ways.
How is Strong Teacher-Student Bonding Developed?
It may superficially appear to be one difficult task to forge a positive, strong relationship between a student and a teacher, but it can be accomplished by creating an effective learning environment. A teacher who shares a good measure of communication and mutual respect with his/her students, shows equality, encouragement, and positive attitude towards students, and strives to create a safe learning environment in the classroom, is certainly able to develop a strong teacher-student bonding.
We believe that children do differ in their ways of learning, and hence, it is the responsibility of every teacher to cater to the individual needs of the students. While some students grasp the concepts quickly and take part actively in the learning process, some others may find it to be diffident, dull, or even downright disruptive. It is the teacher who has to create an atmosphere that is conducive to an engaging learning process. Only then, a student can be molded into a masterpiece.
First of all, consistent communication is vital to creating a connection between the student and the teacher. A teacher has to incorporate appropriate communication strategies in his/her teaching style to successfully interact with the students. Having a good understanding of the children’s problems in the classroom by grasping their emotional struggle in learning and keeping an insight into their behaviors, can help a lot in shaping the communication between the two. The more a teacher communicates, the better are the chances of effective learning at the student’s end.
Secondly, creating an emotionally-safe learning space is important. In order to build a good student-teacher relationship, a teacher has to understand the differing opinions between students and equally respect their views. Students should find their classroom safe and free from ridicule when engaging in questions or opinions so that there is no taunt or criticism from both peers and teachers. Teachers have to make the classroom environment an emotionally-safer place where questions and comments are answered with patience and respect. Also, showering deserving students with timely praise, with smiles and words of approval or even a celebratory applause can certainly make students motivated to accomplish more.
Above all, a teacher should maintain true equity in the classroom without any disparity in learning. No students should be marginalized or left out, and teachers have to focus equally on each and every student in the class, which will, in turn, lead to a strong teacher-student relationship, and subsequently, improve their academic performance.
As you can see, teachers play an extremely important role in the life of students and hence it is necessary that utmost care is taken while choosing the faculty in a school. Knowing the crucial importance of teacher-student bond in effective learning, we, at the JP International School, have made it a point to ensure that our teachers and students connect well with each other. We understand the positive and lasting effect that teacher-student bond has on the children, and do all the needful to forge productive teacher-student relationships in the classroom. Our faculty are well-trained and are capable of understanding what such relationships entail and how they can build a strong teacher-student relationship by adopting a high-performance relational style. Indeed, JPIS establishes a supportive classroom environment, coupled with productive student-teacher relationships, to provide a robust platform for students so that they stay encouraged and motivated to grow not only academically but also personally.
Developing a strong and positive teacher-student relationship takes significant effort and time; however, the outcome is worth the effort. When it comes to raising children to learn and lead, a positive teacher-student relationship is as important as academic performance for students to achieve more and empower themselves for the life ahead of them.