Developing healthy relationships is the foundation for building trust among teachers and students. When students trust their teachers, they are more receptive to learning.
SPARK Schools regional Manager, Coralee van Schalkwyk says when students know that they are in a safe space, they cooperate better and produce their best work.
Healthy relationships between teachers and students play a vital role in the learning process.
“When learners trust their teachers, their level of engagement in class is significantly higher. Because of this, they respond to classwork and social interactions in a positive manner,” van Schalkwyk explains. If this trust is not established, students’ behaviour is the opposite.
One of the things that van Schalkwyk noticed was an increased refusal to cooperate at school when students didn’t trust their teachers. They also become unruly and challenging in the classroom.
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“In terms of our SPARK core values, we notice when scholars trust our educators, they demonstrate our core values of responsibility and achievement, more than those who don’t,” she says.
One of the essential ways of building any relationship with students is how you interact with them.
“Smile, greet them and treat them with respect. It’s important for new scholars in your class to know that the space they are in is a safe space built on respect,” van Schalkwyk explains.
Like any other relationship, building trust takes time and commitment.