Elements and Impacts of Student-Teacher Relationships

Acadia Costigan, Giannah DaSilva, Jayden Kehoe, Jessica Livingston, and Zoe Quenneville.


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Costigan, A., DaSilva, G., Kehoe, J., Livingston, J., & Quenneville, Z. (2022, April 1). Elements and impacts of student-teacher relationships. Classroom Practice in 2022. Retrieved [date], from https://ecampusontario.pressbooks.pub/educ5202/chapter/elements-and-impacts-of-student-teacher-relationships/

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In this podcast, we speak about the elements of building Student-Teacher relationships and how these relationships positively impact students, teachers, and the overall classroom environment.  We also briefly discuss the effects of not developing these connections having on the student’s behaviour and the teacher’s ability to manage the classroom. Delving deeper into forming positive relationships, we look at various scholarly articles that can be found in the bibliography below.  We discuss the importance of forming one-on-one relationships with students and how these relationships can be fostered over time.

Meeting the needs of each student and believing in your students’ ability to learn is one of the first steps, as an educator, to developing a connection with your students.  The next step is showing your students that you believe in them and are there to support them.  This podcast offers insight into how you can demonstrate to your students that you care about them as an individual and how these relationships motivate students to learn and succeed.

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Berman-Young, S. (2014). Teacher-Student Relationships: Examining Student Perceptions of Teacher Support and Positive Student Outcomes. ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. 15-25. https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/teacher-student- relationships- examining/docview/1614471854/se-2?accountid=14789 ​

García-Moya I. (2020) The Central Attributes of Connectedness with Teachers from the Students’ Perspectives. In: The Importance of Connectedness in Student-Teacher Relationships. Palgrave Pivot, Cham. https://doi-org.ledproxy2.uwindsor.ca/10.1007/978-3-030-43446-5_3  ​

Kennedy, A. M., & Haydon, T. (2021). Forming and Sustaining High-Quality Student– Teacher Relationships to Reduce Minor Behavioral Incidents. Intervention in School and Clinic, 56(3), 141–147. https://doi.org/10.1177/1053451220942197 ​

Search Institute. (2018). The Developmental Relationships Framework. Retrieved from www.search-institute.org:  https://www.search-institute.org/developmental- relationships/developmental-relationships-framework/ ​

Sointu, E. T., Savolainen, H., Lappalainen, K., & Lambert, M. C. (2017). Longitudinal associations of student–teacher relationships and behavioural and emotional strengths on academic achievement. Educational Psychology, 37(4), 457-467 https://doi.org/10.1080/01443410.2016.1165796​

Yassine, J., Tipton‐Fisler, L. A., & Katic, B. (2020). Building student‐teacher relationships and improving behaviour‐management for classroom teachers. Support for Learning, 35(3), 389–407. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-9604.12317


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