Good Relationships equal Great Progress
Good relationships transform teaching. What’s more, the psychology that governs good relationships can be taught to all teachers and teach leaders!
In straight forward terms, there are three guiding principles
- i) anxiety is the fuel every human needs to to grow but it has to be harnessed and focused by the teacher,
- ii) Because learning requires students to step into the unknown, it is an anxiety provoking endeavour. By providing key environmental conditions and building learning experiences with this in mind, students open up to their natural impulse to learn,
- iii) when anxiety verges on becoming overwhelming, students (and teachers) revert to infantile defence mechanisms that block clear and open communication. If these can be recognised and responded to rather than reacted to, trust deepens and learning accelerates.
These ideas and theories are grounded in 6 great years of MA research into the link between child development and life-long learning and many years creating great relationships with literally thousands of students. The greatest complement I ever heard from many of those students was that my classrooms were the ‘safest place to be’. I now run accredited professional development workshops for teachers, teams and school leaders to help put the power of positive human relationships at the heart of personal and professional progress.
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