Boykin and Noguera in Creating the Opportunity to Learn share much of the available research regarding Teacher Student Relationship Quality, such as:
- (PreK-Gr.2) – A close relationship with the teacher is uniquely and positively related to language skills (and reading scores) among Black children
- (Gr1-12) – Direct relationship between classroom engagement and students’ recognition that their teachers care about and are interested in their academic performance and show a personal interest in them as people
- High TSRQ in kindergarten continues to have positive effect on academic performance as far out as 8th grade
- Across K-12 continuum – students (especially Black & Latino) are more positively responsive when teachers display genuine caring and support for them yet are still demanding and have high expectations.
Teaching is the one profession that can make you feel like a rock star without singing or playing a note. Just walk down the hall and visit with the students you had last year. Miraculously, all the homework battles, the writing revisions, and the calls made home are forgotten…and in their place are high pitch screams, smiles, and hugs all around as they see a familiar caring face!
TSRQ is real!
If we know the effects of teacher student relationships and we enter this profession because we care about children and want to make a significant difference….then one has to wonder why isn’t a high TSRQ a given in every classroom?
Listed below are some easy ways to build a caring relationship with your students as you begin the new school year.
- Greet your new students each day as they enter your class. You may be the first person that actually said hello and smiled at them since they woke up.
- Take some time throughout the day to actually chat with and listen to your new students. Find out what they like, their fav movies, TV shows, and books. Do they play any sports and what are their hobbies if any. Make that personal connection. You’ll be surprised at the info you can use later to help make a future lesson relevant to that student.
- Treat the invitation to attend that sporting event, dance recital, birthday party, etc. from your student as a special honor and make every effort to be there.
I was a former elementary school teacher. I was lucky enough to teach some of my students twice – as 2nd graders and then later when I switched grades as 4th graders! I’ve been to first communions, sporting events, high school graduations, and “an engagement luncheon” (in the photo above) … and yes, I felt like a rock star!
TSRQ is real!
To all my teacher friends….wishing you a great school year and the best teacher-student relationships!