PRB is also the foundation of high expectations teaching (Saphier, 2017). This is where we find the delicate balance between warmth and high standards - showing students that we care about them, but we won’t settle for anything less than rigor. In 1975, Judith Kleinfeld came up with the term “warm-demander,” and it is still the perfect description for what we should all strive to be when building relationships with students. Don’t let the old canard “Don’t smile until Christmas” interfere with the warmth that needs to accompany rigor and press.
As school resumes after the shutdowns of the Covid era, always high on the agenda but now more urgent, is to have a plan to establish PRB with each and every student. Such a plan has on- going elements and repetitive events (like one-on-one conversations). It does not replace learning; it enables learning. So we need a repertoire of ways to do it and the stamina to keep at it.