Building positive and trusting relationships with learners allows them to feel safe; a sense of belonging; and that their academic, cognitive, and social and emotional needs are supported. These supportive student-teacher relationships are the foundation for fostering classroom learning as well as student engagement and Motivation. This strategy is especially powerful for students who have experienced Adverse Experiences and supports the practice of culturally responsive teaching.
Watch how these teachers prioritize building relationships with their students. Through actions like greeting each student and showing vulnerability and care, students feel safe, supported, and valued. These strong relationships elicit positive emotions, which can lead to more learning.
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