How do the relationships we have with students affect their achievement?
In John Hattie’s book, Visible Learning, he synthesized a lot of research to look at the relationship between various variables and student achievement. Believe it or not, teacher-student relationships have an incredibly high effect on achievement (.72). In fact, it has a higher effect on student’s achievement than parent income or socio-economic level.
Improving relationships with students doesn’t cost anything and can improve attendance, student achievement, and positive behaviors.
So when you feel you have ran out of resources and are at your wit’s end, try a smile, a handshake, greeting your students at the door and welcoming them into your caring, safe and engaging environment.