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Explore the complexity of teacher-student relationships insecondary school settings and learn how these largely unscriptedrelationships function for students and teachers in their learningand socioemotional development.

For teachers, the relationships provide a foundation forpedagogical and curricular endeavors and lead to their increasedinvestment in students’ growth, development, and academicsuccess. Students who have such relationships feel more comfortablein their learning environments, interested in the material, andmotivated to perform well.

We discuss what these relationships look like from theperspectives of teacher and student. Topics include:

  • Drawing appropriate boundaries
  • School-provided guidelines and guidance
  • Formats for supporting teachers
  • A whole school approach to working on students’ emotionalchallenges
  • Relationships in after-school programs.

The voices of teachers and students in this volume show how muchyoung people want to feel known and engage with teachers and howmuch teachers feel rewarded and invigorated by taking the step toconnect with students on this level.

This is the 137th volume of New Directions forYouth Development, the Jossey-Bass quarterly report seriesdedicated to bringing together everyone concerned with helpingyoung people, including scholars, practitioners, and people fromdifferent disciplines and professions.

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