A key component of managing a group of students and/or athletes (regardless of age) is the teacher’s/coach’s rapport with participants in their sessions. From day one of teacher education programs and many coach education courses, we hear about the importance of relationships. We are inundated with information, discussions, and resources for building strong relationships with the youth we serve.
Having a relationship with someone or something is simply the status of being connected to that person or thing. So, naturally, it is important for us to cultivate those connections. However, in order to maximize teaching, learning, and development, we should take it a step further and not simply develop a mere connection. Ideally, our relationships would be founded in mutual trust and respect.