Student Teacher Relationships Create Positive Learning Environments
When it comes to the topic of education, most of us will readily agree that a positive connection with a teacher is an essential part of learning and growing as a student. Where this agreement usually ends, however, is on the question of will positive student-teacher relationships improve student behavior? While administrators are convinced that strict discipline is the only answer for classrooms, psychologists believe that positive relationships between the student and teacher are enough to do the trick. It has been proven that positive student-teacher relationships thrive better in lenient classrooms. I believe that a positive, helping environment is the best for academic success.
In recent discussions of student-teacher bonding, a controversial issue has been what type of classroom is best for a positive relationship to form. One the one hand, some teachers argue that a strict classroom is where students achieve the best. Strict teachers generally do not allow students to “slack off”, more homework is assigned, and teachers set higher expectations. On the other hand, however, others argue that a lenient teacher allows more room for a positive student-teacher relationship to grow.
My own view is lenient classrooms allow for a connection to be made between the teacher and their students. Students who fear their instructor are most times less confident in classrooms, will not be willing to ask questions or…