Nurturing positive relationships is a key component of cultivating a caring community of learners. We are social beings by nature and long to experience a sense of connection and belonging. It only makes sense that we should aim to establish positive relationships in our classrooms because this is where students and educators spend so much time.
In addition, positive relationships are the foundations to learning and thriving in school. As Immordino-Yang and Damasio (2007) coined, “We feel, therefore we learn.” Learning is fundamentally and inextricably social and emotional (Immordino-Yang et al., 2019). We require relationships with others to both obtain knowledge, but also to set the context within which true, transferable learning can occur.
With thanks to Miriam Miller and Jenna Whitehead Arruda, content authors.