Good relationships between teachers and students help improve academic success. Students try harder, knowing someone cares about the outcomes. Students feel more comfortable seeking help when the relationship is positive and supportive. Teachers who have high expectations for their students and positive attitudes about mathematics positively influence student outcomes.
Students who report having a more supportive relationship with their mathematics teachers were willing to exert more energy learning the lesson and helping their peers. The relationships, either positive or negative, had long-lasting effects on students.