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Developing learning-focused relationships

Teacher working with student

The success of teaching and learning is founded on the quality of the relationship built between the teacher and the student. The teacher manages the motivational climate of the classroom to foster learning-focused relationships with students, with shared ownership of and responsibility for learning. This provides students with the maximum opportunity to build their own motivation to learn.

"Learning-focused relationships are about using the considerable potential in the relationship between teacher and student to maximise the student’s engagement with learning; about enabling the student to play a meaningful role in deciding what to learn and how to learn it; and about enabling the student to become a confident, resilient, active, self-regulating learner."

Absolum, M. (2006). Clarity in the Classroom. 

Readings and resources

Professional learning resource 

Download this slide presentation for further professional development relating to creating learning-focused relationships.

PowerPoint icon. Learning-focused relationships (PowerPoint 2 MB)

References and readings

New Zealand Curriculum blog posts: Learner Agency and High Expectations in your Classroom

Absolum, M. (2006). Clarity in the classroom. Auckland: Hodder Education.

Watkins, C. (2009). Learners in the driving seat. School Leadership Today. Vol 1.2. Retrieved from www.teachingtimes.com

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