Teacher-Taught relationship

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A professor at Azim Premji University, in Bangalore, India, lectures to a classroom full of students.

Our great country has rich cultural heritage, where teacher the GURU is considered next to the God. In yesteryears, the guru treated his pupils like his own children and they lived with him like his own family members in gurukuls. This great bond continued for long time in India, but in modern India this bond had been continuously and constantly becoming weaker and weaker day by day. Nowadays we read lot many news items where the teachers have killed, raped their own students and the students misbehaving with the teachers, even assaulting and killing them is not very uncommon.

Reasons for Deteriorating Teacher-Taught Relationship.

Historically, education was as much about disciplining the student’s mind, heart and soul as it was about communicating information. Before the rise of modern media, the interaction between student and teacher was an essential part of educative experience. Student learned to submit to the authority of their teacher. Curriculum was not only about the growth in knowledge, but also the growth in maturity.

However, at the turn of twentieth century, democracy in education was advocated which begun to alter the authority structure in the classroom. No longer were teachers to discipline student’s mind with set patterns of taught. They were to be a catalyst to help students discover their fullest potential. What begin as a push for equality in the classroom quickly begun to look like student-centred education.

Each successive decade has put the teacher in an increasingly marginalised role. These days, the burgeoning field of online education often puts students in virtual classroom, where the instructor is eliminated altogether. Is this so bad? certainly students should be engaged and excited about their learning. Part of the maturity is the ability and desire to grow. But does maturity come about in a vacuum? Does the absence of an influential teachers in a student’s life free them to spread their wings? or does it leave them imprisoned in a closed-minded immaturity?

Modern education is consumer driven.

Our modern education system is in reality consumer-driven. When students dictate the atmosphere and methods to be used in the classroom, the teacher is no longer a teacher, but a powerless facilitator. Students are no longer students, but passive consumers of banal information. Good teachers will exercise scholarly discipline over students to help them overcome the complacency of their own minds and the tendency to believe that they already know everything.

Maturing students.

The problem is that students need discipline and maturity in order to grow into self-motivated, open-minded individuals. This will only come about through the timeless relationship of teacher and student. The barrier to education is the students himself-his parochialism, his laziness, his reluctance to abandon his current viewpoints, his resistance to disciplined intellectual effort, his complacent self- satisfaction with his present attainment and understanding.

By definition, students have teachers. A student is one who submits to the one or more authorities from which he learns. Students-driven education is not wrong. However, student-driven education should not mean the student dictates to his instructors how he will and will not be taught. Student-driven education in higher learning should mean the student has the freedom to choose his instructors. In a successful university environment, the teacher-student relationship is the willing submission of the student to a willing teacher. A student sits in the seat of humble submission, not upon a throne of proud despotism.

How to Improve Teacher-Taught Relationship?

Teachers are constantly trying to improve their relationship with their students. It is difficult to create a relationship relaxed enough so the students feel comfortable approaching their teacher while retaining a level of respect for them. Following can be practised to obtain better relationship:

  • Know each student by name and call them by the names they are called by their friends. Students appreciate and like that.
  • Set boundaries with the students. Know exactly how friendly is too friendly. Treat all the students alike and no favourites.
  • Teachers require the same amount of respect from every students. Students learn from example, so treat them with the same respect you expect to receive from them.
  • Be available for students to interact with you before school, during lunch or after class. Students may need help with work or just need someone to listen.
  • Students have problems just like everyone else. Try not to be too strict with the students so they don’t dread coming to your class.
  • Support the school’s extracurricular activities. Even if you are not involved, go to sporting events, plays, concerts and the other school events. When the students see you supporting them, they appreciate you more.

What are the Benefits of Improving Teacher-Taught Relationships?

Positive teacher-taught rapport not only affects academics outcomes, but social outcomes as well. Students who feel supported and valued by their teachers demonstrate increased self-esteem and self-efficacy. These positive social outcomes not only impact students while in high school but have lasting effects as they pursue higher education and careers. In fact, positive teacher-taught relationships have been linked to many characteristics those we would hope students develop, such as, resiliency, self-direction, commitment and engagement. Developing rapport with students may come naturally or one may struggle to connect to each as an individual. It may be especially difficult, but essential, to develop rapport at the middle and high school level where students change classes, but not so at higher education level. Employing a few key strategies will help to connect with students on a personal level.

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