Let’s consider for a moment Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. There are five essential human needs according to Maslow’s theory. Each human condition must be met for human development. If you look at Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs Pyramid, you will notice that the foundational needs for human development are physiological, safety, and social needs. If these needs aren’t met, motivation declines and becomes deficient. If these needs are met, humans can continue to grow, develop, and reach the upper tiers of the pyramid, esteem, and self-actualization. As educators, it is essential to understand that deep learning happens in the upper tiers. Therefore, building positive relationships with learners, families, and communities is a foundational requirement for learning. Connections in the classroom matter! As educators, we need to take time to get to know each learner on an individual level beyond academics and support them in developing connections with peers, regardless of age and education level. When humans are in new environments, the brain spends significant time identifying if they are safe. As educators, we are the leaders in the classroom, and it is our responsibility to create psychologically safe learning environments for learners. That way, learners can get to the job of learning.