Fostering Teacher-Child Relationships

Responsive, sensitive relationships between teachers and children allow children to learn and develop across all areas.

Responsive, sensitive relationships between teachers and children allow children to learn and develop across all areas. When a teacher feels connected with a child, they tend to provide more scaffolding, space, and leniency. As a result, the child feels confident to engage in the classroom because they see their teacher as a source of acceptance and support.

Hallmarks of This Strategy

Relationships Matter

Relationships are a gatekeeper of opportunity– they can be the reason a child thrives or the reason they struggle in the classroom.

Be Intentional

Get to know children, value their ideas and interest, and help them see teachers as a resource.

Reflect and Connect

Taking time to reflect can help teachers plan to strengthen relationships with every child.

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Fostering Teacher-Child Relationships

In this lesson, we explore the importance of building strong teacher-child relationships. We offer strategies to get to know children and their families, show interest in their ideas and activities, and to help children see you as a resource.