This website,’ Improving Students’ Relationships with Teachers to Provide Essential Supports for Learning’ from the American Psychological Association is seven pages of questions, answers, lists, and videos interspersed with psychology jargon that is readily defined. There is an FAQ section followed by resources for even more information
After getting frustrated with the preponderance of videos detailing sexual encounters between teachers and students, I decided to let the website listed above do double duty as it has a variety of videos on a number of topics, such as teachers discussing the link between their relationships with students and students’ academic performance (on page 5. ) (Tip, the videos on the first 4 pages have to do with 8 year olds, so skip to page 5.)
This blog, a professional teacher network blog, titled “Why Relationships Matter in School’ begins with a comment made in the teacher staff room, “All the nutters love you.’ Turns out that this was a positive comment that meant that the students, knowing their teacher cared and was consistent in her class, felt safe and connected. The recipient of the comment then writes to advocate for schools to support and retain long term staff who can really be there for students.