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A look at teacher student relationships: What does it take to make one?

20 January 1995


Children today come to school less prepared to learn and more encumbered with society's problems than at any time in our history. The needs of students change as the world itself changes. Teachers must be prepared to meet those needs in an increasingly creative and flexible manner. As a reflection of a dynamic world, the teacher-student relationship must also be dynamic. A positive teacher-student relationship is a critical element in the success or failure a student achieves during his education experience. What are teachers doing in today's classrooms to provide the type of teacher-student relationship each student needs to enhance her education? A qualitative inquiry provided a look at elements of this relationship. It provided an opportunity for me to observe results of a positive teacher-student relationship. It also provided an opportunity for me to observe results when a teacher-student relationship has not been cultivated.


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