Educators have long known that social and emotional learning (SEL) matters for students in school and life. But how does SEL relate to attendance, behavior, and course performance (the “ABCs”)? Do students with higher SEL tend to have better grades, test scores, and attendance?
The social connections between teachers and students are critical for success inside and outside of the classroom. Over the last year and a half, we’ve collected hundreds of thousands of student survey responses to questions about students’ relationships with their teachers. In this post, we present our first set of findings on teacher-student relationships. This analysis points to patterns in how students’ perceptions of their relationships with their teachers change across grade level, and how some exceptionally strong teachers manage to create and maintain strong bonds with their students.
For many schools and districts, teacher observations can be a source of frustration and tension. Best Foot Forward, a research project at Harvard University’s Center for Education Policy Research, is trying to change that. By using video and other tools and strategies, Best Foot Forward seeks to create collaborative school cultures about giving and receiving feedback on instructional practice without placing additional burdens on administrative or teacher time. Best Foot Forward used Panorama’s survey platform and reports to complement their work on teacher observations, and to provide a more well-rounded look at effective teaching.
Many of us have been lucky enough to develop close connections with one or more important teachers in our lives. Panorama’s director of research, Hunter Gehlbach, studies how important it is for both students and teachers to feel that they have something in common with each other in order to form strong bonds. Hunter spoke to NPR’s Shankar Vedantam on the podcast Hidden Brain about his research on why teacher-student relationships matter and the colleague who led him to these important findings.