Thursday, November 15, 2007

Relationships are the Key

According to kids interviewed in an article in the San Francisco Chronicle, the keys for creating successful students are mostly cheap and obvious.

The students listed these items as the keys to their successes:

- a quiet environment,
- fewer distractions,
- smaller classes,
- encouragement from teachers,
- help from teachers, and
- the ability to make up missed work.

All of these ideas from the students reveal a need to establish, maintain, and deepen relationships with students--to know what students need and to know them.

This article adds credence to my fervent belief in relationship building in the classroom. I feel it's the most important aspect of teaching and is the primary reason for just about all of my successes in the classroom.

My students say much the same thing. My district said the same thing too, but only after numerous conferences, study groups, and trainings.

I guess we should have just asked the kids.


Mrs. Chili said...

What I really want to know is why more people don't understand this instinctually. I mean, really - we are, first and foremost, human beings with human being needs. Community is one of those needs. Create a safe, supportive, energetic environment where people take good care of one another and you've got more than 3/4 of the work done already. Sigh. It frustrates me that we need studies and reports to tell us what we SHOULD just know by heart...

Hugh O'Donnell said...

Thanks for the link, DrP. Wisdom. Word.

Hugh aka Repairman