Nurturing Positive Relationships

Gail Boushey and Joan Moser1 recommend a framework to facilitate independence in Math. They suggest that one of the most important framework components is to build relationships whereby teachers believe all students are capable and worthy of learning math through trust and respect. The framework allows teachers to provide opportunities for all students to develop their skills as independent learners.

When there is a positive teacher-student relationship, students feel safe and there is a strong bond of trust within the classroom. Students are not afraid to take risks and understand that making errors are all part of the learning process. Students are more likely to feel positive about school and have a greater chance of developing a true love for learning.

“It is teachers who have created positive teacher student relationships that are more likely to have the above average effects on student achievement.” John Hattie (2009)

Research Connection:

John Hattie’s research indicates that one of the most effective indicators (with an effect size of 0.72) is the teacher-student relationship.2