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At first, the idea that every child needs to feel safe, supported, and cared for to learn and succeed seems obvious. As parents and educators, we assume that the concern we feel for the children in our care is easily recognized and appreciated by them.

But for most, this connection is not always apparent. Many children are not regularly exposed to caring adults both within and outside their learning environment. Yet this sense of security, and the meaningful relationships it produces between parents, educators, and students is vital to their success.

Regardless of a child’s academic ability, they need nurturing relationships in school to do their best. This makes it our prerogative to foster positive relationships and create an environment in which children can thrive.

At Lydian Academy, we actively encourage productive and meaningful teacher-student relationships across our curriculum and educational programs.

Whether you are looking for the right school for your child, or you’re an educator in search of a better approach to relationships in education, this article is for you. In it, we delve into everything that makes Lydian Academy’s student-centric approach to education unique, as well as why and how a positive culture in schools can make all the difference in a child’s experience and success in the educational system.

What Characterizes a Meaningful Relationship in a School Setting?

Traditionally, relationships in schools have been broken into two categories—those between a student and their peers, and between a student and school leaders like teachers. Unfortunately, the perceived position of authority on the part of teachers can make it difficult for students to trust and communicate with the people responsible for their learning.

At Lydian Academy, we emphasize building meaningful connections between students and teachers. This means creating an unbreakable sense of trust, mutual respect, and interest in each child’s opinions, ideas, and abilities.

Sharing common interests with students doesn’t just make them easier to relate to, it also encourages them to listen more attentively and participate actively in their lessons. Both these factors have a significantly positive impact on their self-esteem and learning abilities.

How To Build Positive Relationships With Students

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Relationship building, especially in a school setting, can be tricky. Over the years, we’ve found that some strategies work better than others, and we’ve included the best ones below to help get you started.

One-on-One Learning

No educational format is more conducive to building strong relationships between students and teachers than the one-on-one classroom approach. Beyond the obvious benefits of allowing students to progress at their own pace and focus on problems unique to them, this style of teaching also creates vastly improved communication and collaboration.

Instead of addressing students as part of a group, teachers can focus on them as individuals. This provision of undivided attention is a powerful foundation for relationship building, as each student feels heard, seen, and cared for personally, and not merely as part of a larger group.

Involving Students in Decision-Making Processes

Another unconventional approach to teaching, getting students involved in choosing the programs they want to study, the projects they want to pursue, and the style of teaching that suits them best is a great way to build a positive, comfortable rapport with students while conveying your trust and respect for their opinions at the same time.

Often, allowing students to actively participate in making decisions about their learning goes beyond simply fostering a meaningful relationship with their teacher, but also gives them the confidence to make choices and stick with them, which is a valuable life skill usually overlooked in educational settings.

A Human Approach To Teaching

One of the easiest ways to start forming positive relationships with students is to simply see them as human above all else. Before they are students, before they are just another part of your job, they are kids with interests, dreams, ideas, and strong opinions. By making time to discuss and explore these opinions and interests, as you would with any other person you meet outside of the classroom, you are treating students like valuable, interesting humans who are worth listening to.

In a world where children are often pushed aside as ignorant or unimportant, this small act of caring can make an enormous difference in their relationships with their teachers and their willingness to learn from them.

Benefits of Fostering Positive Relationships in School

There are many benefits created by cultivating strong, meaningful relationships in the classroom. Some of the most important include:

Why Choose Lydian Academy?

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At Lydian Academy, students come first. From our one-on-one classes to personalized learning environments, we’ve created an educational experience that focuses on the happiness and comfort of every child, as well as their academic success.

To learn more about how we challenge and encourage our students, sign up for a virtual open house or get in touch with our team today.

Understanding the needs of 2e gifted students will help these learners thrive by leveraging their areas of strength and interest to create an individualized 2e education plan for your child.

What Are 2e Students?

Some young people have both extraordinary talents and challenges simultaneously. These students learn differently and face unique obstacles as they strive to express their gifts. 2e or “twice exceptional” students are highly gifted in areas including writing, art, music, or mathematics. These profound gifts seem to go hand in hand with attention challenges, sensory processing issues, and/or being on the autism spectrum.

What Classroom Challenges Do 2e Students Face?

Gifted students are often intensely passionate about their subjects of interest. This can lead to frustration in a traditional classroom setting, where they are expected to sit still and focus on other subjects in an environment that may be quite distracting. This leads to challenges like these:1,2

Learning Environments Designed for 2e Students

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Given these factors, what are the best schools for 2e students? The learning environment that is best for each 2e learner may be different and will need to be tailored to each individual. However, in all cases it must be a safe and supportive program that fosters respect for learning differences.

An ideal program for 2e students might include:1,2

One-to-One 2e Learning at Lydian Academy

Lydian Academy offers private one-on-one middle and high school programs both virtually and in person at our Menlo Park or Burlingame, CA campuses. Our 2e programs build confidence and independence while advancing at the student’s pace.

We offer college prep courses that allow our instructors to build a curriculum that meets the requirements of the highest ranking colleges and universities and which centers on the interests of each 2e gifted student. Contact us today to schedule a tour or attend a virtual open house to find out more about this unique learning environment for unique learners.

Sources:

  1. https://childmind.org/article/twice-exceptional-kids-both-gifted-and-challenged/
  2. https://www.edweek.org/teaching-learning/opinion-how-teachers-can-support-and-challenge-twice-exceptional-students/2019/01

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