I read many years ago about famous inventors and how they came up with their ideas. Time and time again, inventors of things such as the lightbulb, the paper clip and the sticky note would say something like: "I would think about a problem that people were experiencing and then I would come up with something to solve that problem." Nothing has changed since those days only now I suppose people and, in particular, companies like Apple are creating things or improving their products to help make people's lives easier. Teaching is no different. I used to ask myself "What is the problem in class and what can I do to solve it? Now I ask, "Can I do something that will ultimately empower the student/s to either problem solve or not create the problem in the first place?"
More and more, teachers and educational researchers are showing that building those connections with students is very important. Trust is probably key in developing a caring connection with a student. If they trust in you and know you will keep their self esteem in tact when you interact with them, deliver lessons and feedback with kindness and constructive suggestions to help them grow, and generally like them, their learning has no boundaries.