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Teacher Motivation and Student Well-Being

The relationship between teacher motivation and student well-being is not complicated. If teachers are happy, if they feel professionally stimulated and have the technical and moral support from colleagues and supervisors, then these feelings will be reflected in the quality of their teaching. They will manage their classrooms more effectively and do well in their relationships and communications with children, youth and their parents. Motivated teachers are likely to “go the extra mile” to ensure a child has understood a difficult math problem, for example. They will follow up if a young person seems “under the weather,” or is acting out of character one day. Children and youth will also respond to teachers' positive attitude and will be encouraged to trust them, to ask questions and to share any concerns.