Kids need a caring adult that can help them rise above peer pressure, pull themselves out of despair and help them achieve their goals and plans for the future. In short, to give them Hope. Many of our students have this at home, but not all. And don’t we want our own kids to have teachers who love and care about them?
“Hands down the most influential person in my life. He always knew what to say to help his students, whether it was failing a test, anxiety about the future, or helping them get through a really tough home situation. He’s my biggest role model as I go through college right now. I don’t know where I’d be without him.”
This is one of literally thousands of examples used to describe a favorite teacher in one of three “relationship surveys” conducted throughout the school year.
Achieving students are happy and hopeful with a strong sense of well-being and engagement. Positive psychology researchers consider these essential building blocks for a successful and socially/emotionally balanced child and there is no better way to build a socially and emotionally achieving student than a positive relationship between students and their teacher.
A foundation of Achievement Education is that every student has at least one positive relationship with an adult at their campus to guide them and give them the hope they need to thrive and achieve.
We believe the relationship between teacher and student is so important that we include a comprehensive, proactive and intentional approach to fostering and measuring positive student/educator relationships as a part of achievement education.
This includes a dedicated annual date for students and teachers to discuss the value of relationships. During “Relationships Day,” teachers will take time to let students know they can count on them with the kind of support described above. Teachers PK-12 are provided a lesson to discuss the importance of positive relationships to help them achieve in school and life.
Who Is Your Favorite Teacher?
October and November can be challenging months for a teacher. During the Fall Semesters, students are asked to complete a short writing assignment to list and describe their favorite teacher. These assignments are collected and distributed to campuses across the district. Teachers at every campus will find these reminders in their box. This reminds teachers of the importance of relationships and rewards awesome teachers!
Does Someone Care About Me?
In the spring, students are asked to complete an assignment with a different question. This time, students are asked to write about an adult on their campus that they trust and either has a positive relationship with or would like to know better. This is a great reminder for teachers to know that there are a lot of kids at their school who care about them enough to recognize them as that one person they can turn to for help. We also use it to determine kids who may not have a person they feel close enough to trust, so we can help them.
Does My Teacher Care About Me?
In the late spring, we ask students in grades 5-12 if their teacher cares about them. Why/Why Not? This will be completed each period by students digitally, compiled and returned to the teacher. This helps the teachers reflect on the difference they make and perhaps ways to improve their relationships with kids.
The process, lessons, handouts, and digital surveys are provided to campuses purchasing the Achievement Profile.