This article underscores the importance of meaningful relationships between students and their teachers. As a matter of educational equity, it is important for all students to have access to the same quality of academic content and instruction, but what about the same quality of teacher-student relationships. The author goes on to describe the importance of holistic, reciprocal relationships and their importance in student success.Source
: Victoria Thiesen-Homer, Education Week, September 3, 2018Summary:
"What is our vision for teacher-student relationships? If you haven't even thought about it, or are hesitant to address this potentially messy and subjective aspect of practice, you are essentially devaluing such relationships. If you think that instrumental relationships are sufficient for academic progress, you might be missing the bigger picture. Our society still has much to do to overcome the deep inequalities that persist. And connecting with students only as a means of advancing their academic output is not going to cut it. We all deserve meaningful human connections, connections that reaffirm our unique human value, expand our opportunities, and advance our society. academic content and instruction, but what about the same quality of teacher-student relationships." Read the full article here!