Online Module

Improving Students' Relationships with Teachers to Provide Essential Supports for Learning

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teacher-student relationships, relationships, social supports, student behavior, Classroom Climate, risk factors
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Teacher Quality Standards

  • QS II: Teachers establish a safe, inclusive and respectful learning environment for a diverse population of students.
    • Element A: Teachers foster a predictable learning environment characterized by acceptable student behavior and efficient use of time in which each student has a positive, nurturing relationship with caring adults and peers.
    • Element C: Teachers engage students as individuals, including those with diverse needs and interests, across a range of ability levels by adapting their teaching for the benefit of all students.

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When teachers craft strong relationships with their students, the benefits range from increased academic engagement and achievement to positive social development. This online module, created by the American Psychological Association, features embedded videos with classroom models and expert interviews, and many suggestions for how to develop strong relationships with the young people in your classes. Whether you're looking for examples of positive teacher-student relationships, how to improve relationships with difficult students, or ideas to strengthen the relationships you've already cultivated, this resource is filled with research based tips and recommendations that you can implement in your classroom immediately.


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Rimm-Kaufman, S., Sandilos, L. (2016). Improving students' relationships with teachers to provide essential supports for learning. Retrieved from