The second theme that became evident was the foundational role of teachers' relationships—and youths' relationships with other individuals—in supporting student writing success. These young adults valued teachers who interacted with them as people and who cared about them as more than one of the dozens of students teachers meet in a day. They don't want us to be their friends Cartier Pasha Replica but rather to respect them as human beings and to engage with them in richer ways. Teachers' relationships with students were almost synonymous with youths' relationships to writing tasks.
Samantha's image of her softball team—coached by her English teacher—illustrated the power of such relationships for young adults' willingness to engage with school writing tasks. While every educator may not need to interact with their students in the boundary-crossing way that Samantha's coach did, they need to appreciate the relationships they develop with adolescents and the peer networks that result from these teacher-facilitated extracurricular as supports for students' writing engagement:
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Samantha's reflection exhibits that although these socially oriented pursuits occur only during a few months; youth continuously rely on the networks these activities enable. Teachers who develop deeper relationships with students and who engage with them even during one sports season might call on these connections to support young adults' engagement with writing tasks.
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