Relational learning refers to the social, emotional, and academic connections between boys and their teachers that drive boys to want to succeed in school. At Fairfield Country Day there are countless examples of these gestures every day. In a recent study by Richard Hawley and Michael Reichert’s, "From Whom The Boy Toils", The Primacy of Relationship in Boys’ Learning, there is a vast pool of relevant data from teachers and students at boys’ schools across the globe that demonstrate the impact of relationships in a boy’s education. The intrinsic value gained by teachers knowing, really knowing their students not only bolsters their skills as effective teachers, but defines pedagogy at Fairfield Country Day School. Building relationships is central in our mission of educating the whole boy.