Having just flown back from speaking about Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) at the SXSWedu conference in Austin, TX and returned my cowboy boots to the back of the closet, I wanted to reflect on a couple of my big take-aways from the conference.
For middle and high school students, teacher-student relationships lie at the center of their educational experience. If you think back to your own educational experiences, this idea is rather intuitive; it’s unlikely that you can recall specific questions from a test or even your final grade in a class, but you may always remember the personal connections you made with a favorite teacher.
We know from Panorama’s student surveys how students view their relationships with teachers. Such positive relationships can lead to better educational outcomes for adolescent students. But how can we improve teacher-student relationships in the classroom?