Most successful students have one thing in common … a positive relationship with their teacher. In fact, strong teacher-student relationships help students grow both academically and socially.
So how can your teen build these relationships, genuinely? They can intentionally and consistently connect with a few teachers. Encourage them to choose teachers they truly like. That will make the process easier, and more likely to have long-term success.
Simple Ways Your Teen Can Connect with Their Teacher
Here’s what you can recommend:
- Introduce yourself at the beginning of the school year/ semester.
- Show courtesy and respect. For instance, come to class prepared and on time. Pay attention and engage during class.
- Attend open periods or office hours where you can ask for help. Come with sincere, well-thought-out questions. Do not ask questions that you could have found the answer to.
- In conversation, make eye contact and ask your teacher questions about themself. For instance, ask about their professional journey. It’s a great way to learn more about them, while gaining professional insight for yourself.
- Ask earnestly what you could do better in class.
- Ask about related resources at school (writing lab, tutoring,etc.) or in the community to deepen your learning.
- Thank them for their help or an especially interesting class.
The best times to talk with a teacher in-person are:
- before school / class
- after school / class, or
- during office hours.
- If none of those times are mutually beneficial, have your teen email their teacher to set up an appointment.
Your teen’s relationship with a non-parental authority figure has many benefits. It helps them grow their emotional and social intelligence. (After all, it takes guts and determination to address a teacher privately!) Plus, a good teacher relationship can even help them have better health as an adult! Who knew!?!
Good luck on your teen’s journey!