The article I chose to use was "Relationships Matter: Linking Teacher Support to Student Engagement and Achievement." This article discussed how the relationship of the teacher and student positively affected the students engagement in the classroom and their academic success. The sample included 1,846 elementary school students and 2,430 secondary school students and their teachers. The students were given an RAPS-S questionnaire, (Research Assessment Package for Schools - Student), the teachers were given the RAPS-T which was a four-point Likert-type scale. The Middle School students report stated that 89% with highly supportive teachers were more likely to report engagement and 44% of the Elementary students more likely to achieve high levels of academic performance and commitment. It was also found that teachers noticed that the students that attended school more were more likely to achieve academic success. Teachers also reported that the engaged students paid more attention in class and looked more interested than those not engaged. This report also included the education reform initiative: First Things First. Through First Things First, researchers have found that by creating a personal educational environment, i.e. small learning communities where the teacher and students are together throughout the students time in the building (3 years in middle school and 4 years in high school). These environments allowed the teacher and students to become closely related, and for the teachers to also build a relationship with the parents. Because of these relationships, students showed a higher percentage of attendance, engagement, and academic success.
I thought this article was informative and explained clearly what the researchers were
looking for and what they found. It supported my theory that when a teacher is supportive and
engaged with their students, it can cause a positive outcome in the students academic success. I
really liked the First Things...