The Power of Positive Relationships
School climate has a profound impact on the lives of both students and teachers. It is positively correlatedto the academic performance, emotional state, and even the school attendance of students. A healthy school climate promotes job satisfaction and well-being among teachers too. Such a nurturing school climate is built on the strong foundation of positive relationships at the school. These can be the relationships between a student and teacher or between one student and another. Here is how healthy relationships at school impact the school climate.
Support from teachers can help students develop an interest in a subject and master it. A teacher’s support can give the students a strong sense of purpose. The students are inspired from within to learn better to achieve mastery in the subject and not just to get a good grade. They will seek more resources to learn, get more exposure from a young age, and together create a thriving school environment.
Teachers can also provide a challenging, risky, and rewarding environment for the students to learn. When they feel challenged academically, they will pursue it with renewed interest. However, when they falter or fail, the teachers also provide a safe space and emotional support. In a positive teacher-student relationship, students are not afraid of failing but learn from those failures. In such an environment, students will discuss their problems openly, not hide away from studying, learn to doubt and ask questions, and enjoy going to school.
The academic press is an integral part of a positive teacher-student relationship. They set high expectations for students, who achieve them with support from their teachers. This results in high-achieving students who do well in life.
Positive student-student relationships have a direct impact on the self-esteem of a child. Peers have a powerful influence on the child’s concept of self and their behaviors. Good relationships with other students also help them share their problems and learn to process them in a healthy manner.
Positive peer relationships allow students to get more opportunities to develop their social skills and learn to develop balanced relationships early in life. They gain confidence, learn communication, understand empathy, and more.
Strong bonds with fellow students also help students to explore their likes and dislikes. This promotes a liking for the school, and thereby improve classroom attendance. Good relationships eliminate the need to internalize problems and fall into the pit of substance abuse, drinking, and other vices.
Positive Relationships Are Crucial
Positive relationships with teachers and students can completely change how students perceive school. They create an environment of learning, friendship, comfort, and joy. They make school a place where the student wants to go every day. Social-emotional learning (SEL) is integral to forging positive relationships at school. Programs like SEL Adventures make SEL easy to understand and apply in the real world. All the stakeholders in the school system should make a concerted effort to integrate programs like SEL Adventures in their curriculum to create a positive school environment that students look forward to.