Where would we be without relationships? My father would often tell me it isn’t what you know, it is who you know. I never really believed that. To me that always belittled knowledge. But, now that I am older and I am at a place where I reflect upon my decisions and actions I have come to see he was right.
Who we know and the relationship we have at that point in time is critical to our learning, whether a life lesson or book. Within the classroom, our learning is also affected by the relationships we form with our students. Yes, the students are learning, but so are we and through those relationships we can become a better teacher while we are helping the child become a better student either in life or through a book.
So, it is a matter of who we know as we go through life. We are learning everyday through the people, teachers, students that we encounter. Through the varying level of relationships, we are becoming a better person and life-long learner. We are becoming engaged with various aspects of the world. We are becoming motivated to achieve various goals. Through those that we know can help us acquire certain jobs or positions, but all in all that is superficial. It is the knowledge gained through the relationship that is important, and how we put that knowledge to use.