Emotional Relationships Facilitate Learning
Re-enrollment begins today and, as I have shared with all of you, I believe, in general, that families stay or go because of their relationship with their child’s classroom teacher and their perception of their child’s relationship with their teacher. Recently, I received an email from the dad of a TMA graduate sharing a link to a New York Times article he thought I’d find interesting, Students Learn From People They Love by David Brooks, and then followed with “You are the first person who came to mind. My child is thriving.” And, of course, tears filled my eyes as his words of affirmation touched my heart.
Here’s a “strike the imagination” quote from the article, subtitled, Putting relationship quality at the center of education, “...early neuroscience breakthrough reminded us that a key job of a school is to give students new things to love – an exciting field of study, new friends. It reminded us that what teachers really teach is themselves – their contagious passion for their subjects and students. It reminded us that children learn from people they love, and that love in this context means willing to good of another, and offering active care for the whole person.” To read more, click here.
TMA and your children are blessed that we have teachers who deeply care about them and are strongly committed to developing the whole child. They tirelessly facilitate the development of their children’s relationship-building skills (their social and emotional intelligence) along with their academic and intellectual skills. If, after reading this article, your child’s classroom teacher comes to mind, I encourage you to share some words of appreciation and affirmation with them. Refilling their emotional tanks is a gift they will gratefully receive.
We are looking forward to a another year of growth for all of us. If you have any questions regarding re-enrollment, please let me know.