Positive relationships in the classroom can serve as powerful motivators for learning and engagement because they fulfill a basic human need to belong. By promoting collaboration, mutual respect, support, and enthusiasm for learning in their science classrooms, science teachers can facilitate a sense of comfort and connectedness in their students that leads to positive learning experiences. More information on how to foster such conducive relationships can be found in chapter 3.
Resources to support teachers in promoting positive relationships can be found by clicking on the links at right. Resources include handouts and activities, further reading, links to recommended websites, and short (~ 3 minute) video clips illustrating the importance of this concept to practicing scientists and showing exemplary high school teachers who practice the strategies recommended in the book.