Show Notes

Teacher-student relationships are crucial for successful learning, especially after the year everyone has had. As educators, we must be focused on more than meeting the academic needs of our students, but we have to focus on meeting their social and emotional needs as well. As we prepare for a new school year in West Virginia, the shared message is that relationships and the social/emotional well-being of our students are among the top priorities. Although we know the importance of relationships, we often miss discussing the why or the how.

Today, Brittany and I discuss the research behind why building strong teacher-student relationships are so important. Educators need to know how they can make sure they are meeting the social and emotional needs of their students. We talk in-depth about seven habits that give us the “how” behind building those important relationships.

What to Listen for:

  • Why do teacher need to make sure that they have healthy relationships with their students if they want learning to occur?
  • What is the difference between compassion and empathy?
  • Should teachers celebrate their student’s success, failures, or both? Why?
  • How can showing our vulnerability to our students possibly help them?
  • Why is it important for students to have a positive perception of their teachers?


  • KIESCHNICK, W. E. S. T. O. N. (2020). Breaking bold: Dare to defy the tyranny of trends & live the 12 habits of a master educator. INTL CENTER FOR LEADERSHIP.

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