Teacher-Student Relationships

This module focuses on supporting positive Teacher-Student Relationships. It provides an overview of what teacher-student relationships are, why they are important, what factors contribute to both positive and negative teacher-student relations, and recommended strategies to improve these relationships.

Lead Authors: Dr. George Bear and Dr. Lindsey Mantz, University of Delaware & Delaware Positive Behavior Support Project

Research Narrative Reviewed by: Dr. Michelle Demarary, Northern Illinois University

PowerPoint Developed and Reviewed by: Dr. Lindsey Mantz, Sarah Hearn, M.Ed., and Angela Harris, M.A., University of Delaware & Delaware Positive Behavior Support Project

Audio Recorded by: Laura Davidson, M.A., University of Delaware & Delaware Positive Behavior Support Project

Funding and Support from: The Delaware Department of Education through the Delaware Positive Behavior Support Project and the School Climate and Student Success Grant

In order to receive clock-hour credit for reviewing this information, sign up for the course through PDMS. Search for “Teacher-Student Relationships Module.” This module, along with the Student-Student Relationships, Bullying, and Engagement modules, is available on the School Climate Professional Development group in Schoology. The access code is 2P5NM-F56JT.


SCSS Relationships Modules – Summary Handout – This handout provides a brief summary of the two modules in the series aimed to promote positive relationships (teacher-student relationships and student-student relationships). Included are module specifics, potential uses, and what’s available online

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Teacher-Student Relationships Module Presentation

Slide Narratives for Teacher-Student Relationships Presentation

Handout Version – Teacher-Student Relationships Module Presentation (This is a PDF version that can be printed out for note taking while viewing the presentation.)

Teacher-Student Relationships Module – Research Narrative (This narrative contains the information that is presented in the presentation, but in greater detail and with a greater emphasis on the research behind Teacher-Student Relationships. Numerous references to relevant research studies as well as resources are included.)


Included below are resources that are referenced throughout the Teacher-Student Relationships Module. There are sample forms and worksheets, informational sheets and guides, useful tools, etc. Click on the links below to open the resources.

Banking Time Resource

Behavior Reflection Sheet – Preschool

Check and Connect Monitoring Form – High School

Check-in/Check-out FAQ

Check-in/Check-out Initial Training Checklist – Parents

Check-in/Check-out Initial Training Checklist – Staff

Check-in/Check-out Initial Training Checklist – Students

Checklist of Activities for Fostering Positive Teacher-Student Relations

Disciplinary Encounters Two-Part Problem Solving Process

Effective Praise Activity Worksheet

Effective Praise Activity Worksheet – Answer Key

Effective Ways to Acknowledge and Praise Students

Fidelity Checklist for Strategic Use of Praise and Rewards

How to Conduct a Focus Group

How Well Do You Know Your Students Activity

Problem Solving Questions

Reflective Action Plan

School Climate Survey Interpretation Worksheet 2022 – HOME

School Climate Survey Interpretation Worksheet 2022 – STAFF

School Climate Survey Interpretation Worksheet 2022 – STUDENT

SEL in the Curriculum

List of SEL Programs

Think About it Form