What Students Expect From Teachers
This guest article was written by Adrienne Carlson, who regularly writes on the topic . Adrienne welcomes your comments and questions at her email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
In an ideal world, a teacher is a parent away from home, one who is supposed to nurture students, enrich their experience at school and enhance their knowledge through the right pedagogical methods. Some teachers are good, others are exceptional. And then there are those who just manage to take each day as it comes.
I was lucky enough to be blessed with more than a handful of great teachers through school and college. And when I look back to those days and wonder why those particular teachers had a profound impact on me, so much so that I still remember them after a decade, I find that it’s not just the pedagogical skills of a person that make them good teachers, but the way they interact and bond with students. So if you ask me what students expect from teachers, here’s what my answer would be:
- Understanding: A good teacher must know and understand why students behave the way they do. It is up to them to know what motivates them and what makes them want to achieve success. When a teacher understands his/her students, the art of imparting an education becomes that much easier because of the rapport between the two.
- Camaraderie: They say teachers and students cannot be friends, because if they are, enforcing discipline becomes a problem. But there’s no doubting the fact that when a teacher and his/her students are able to enjoy a relationship that goes beyond imparting an education, students are able to learn much more than they usually do. I would work extra hard at lessons and classes for a teacher who I really liked, even though the subject was not my favorite. Teachers who are comfortable with their authority and not nervous about using it at the right place and time are much better at positive relationships with their students.
- Passion: It’s not enough that a teacher is good at the subject they must teach their students – they also need to have a passion for teaching per se. If they come across as automatons who are not interested in whether their students learn or not, but only in dispensing with their duties. They do not go beyond what is generally expected of them and are usually not even aware of their students’ names.
- Impartiality: A biased teacher is a student’s nightmare, because no matter what they do, they know they can never measure up to “teacher’s pet”. It’s hard for students, especially those who are really talented, to concentrate or excel when they know that someone else already has an edge over them, even if they are not as clever or hardworking.
Good teachers are a rarity these days, but the ones who are dedicated make a huge impact on the lives of their students.