Mentors and Role Models, Not Just Employees
One of the most effective ways that a teacher, counselor, or school staff member can have a positive impact on their school is to make the effort to develop positive, personal relationships with students.
According to a recent study by The Education Trust, “strong relationships with teachers and school staff can dramatically enhance students’ level of motivation and therefore promote learning. Students who have access to more strong relationships are more academically engaged, have stronger social skills, and experience more positive behavior.”
Some examples of strong relationships between adults and students in school are “expressing care, challenging growth, providing support, sharing power, and expanding possibilities.”
We asked three teachers or staff members from each TASD school who consistently make an effort to connect with their students about their jobs and why they love what they do.
All nine of them are outstanding mentors and role models, not just teachers and staff members.