We know that one of the best predictors of student achievement is the pupil/teacher relationship, so how are we supporting this?
We really are on the back foot right now but also in a place of being able to re-boot some key principles in behaviours for learning and in building relationships. Take half an hour, if you can, to watch this podcast interview and consider some of the teachers in your school. The importance of teacher/pupil relationships is one of the most motivating factors. For me personally, Ms Wiggins, and Mrs Barker many years ago, left a life long passion for the French language and the Greek and Roman tragedies; Mr Hislop, in his own unique manner, inspired me to literature: the power of teachers to incite passion for a subject is oh, so important and not oft examined. I have the fortune of seeing this second hand with the eldest, (now 14) who used to love a subject because of his teacher, then turned against it quite suddenly with the arrival of a new one. Teachers matter. And the importance of the outside curriculum, events, after school clubs and outdoor learning are really critical in building all of this back up to strength.
Teachers that inspired us
So this post introduces us to think carefully about the ones that made you, and inspired you to take the next step, believed in you when you didn’t, or couldn’t. Moreover, they are possibly one of the most influential adults in your formative years and they deserve credit for that. It won’t be everyone. The most honest coaching conversations I have maybe are about the students that can touch the buttons that as a teacher you don’t want to touch, as they may sit uncomfortably as to why we are unable at the time to nurture a mutually beneficial relationship that will enable learning. What is it that makes you engage or struggle to engage with a student?
So please take 30 minutes to watch this. Can you afford half an hour? Probably not but go on, make a coffee, grab a biscuit, shut the door, as it is worth a few minutes to consider how can we use technology to better effect to help teachers and students have better relationships?
In the meantime, as always, for those that regularly check-in, we need a tune to dance to. The history of dance moves of the last 70 years, from a male perspective with some costumes to go with it.. Can anyone really see much difference? Would it be the same from a female perspective?