Shobha’s son was always excited to go to school. He adored his class teacher. Every day he recounted incidents of how the teacher praised him and other students, corrected mistakes playfully and encouraged them in new activities. Shobha was even surprised to find him taking a deep interest in art. He spent more time painting and his talent flourished. Shobha was very happy.
A year later, Shobha found her son moody and reluctant to go to school. He sulked and moped about, unwilling to pick up his schoolbag. On inquiring she found that his favourite class teacher had been transferred to a different branch. The new teacher had a strict and rigid attitude and did not interact well with the children. No wonder, her son hated school!
Yes, a teacher’s behaviour in the Classroom is a definite predictors of student success. How a teacher interacts with class is what really makes the student attend it. Let us analyze how.
Reasons why Teachers’ Behaviour in the Classroom is a Predictor of Student Success
1.Rapport with the students
A teacher must develop a friendly attitude and build a good rapport with the children. A teacher with an encouraging and motivating behaviour will definitely be a good friend for the students. The teacher should guide the students clearly, correct them lovingly and mend them patiently. If the teacher is harsh and scolds the students or punishes them often, the students find ways to escape the teacher’s class. Thus a teacher with a friendly attitude is a success in the classroom.
Every teacher must act as ‘friend, philosopher and guide for the students’. Some teachers just play by the rule, sticking to the books and that’s it. Students can feel the lack of empathy with such teachers. Children often develop special bonding with teachers who develop a genuine interest in their personal lives. Acting as mentors and counselors, teachers must take an active interest in the individual life of each student. Speaking to the child personally, the teacher must encourage the child, point out his mistakes gently and steer him towards the right course. Such teachers who empathize and genuinely care for students are never forgotten by them.
3. Inspire by example
Children are impressionable. Their tender minds are influenced more by what they see. Teachers should act as role models for children to follow. They should exhibit an impeccable behaviour with qualities of humility, good habits, punctuality, courtesy and respect. Teachers should inspire by example and make children feel like emulating them.
Enforce discipline gently
Discipline is nothing but following rules and heeding to authority. This can be instilled not by commanding, scolding or punishing. Children will obey teachers whom they respect. If teachers behave in a manner which commands respect, students will automatically obey them. Teachers cannot command or demand respect; they must ‘earn’ respect by their good behaviour. Discipline also involves good habits and manners. All this must be taught to students gently and by illustrating examples. Correcting the bad habits and ill manners should also not be done publicly or harshly.
5.Practise what you preach
The integrity of character means ‘having thoughts, words and actions in line’. Teachers should ‘practise what they preach’. This demonstrates ‘integrity of character’ and inspires students to follow them. The importance of ‘practice’ is also emphasized here.
6.Encourage, motivate, collaborate
Teachers must encourage students in their line of interest, motivate them in the right direction and collaborate with them to get the desired results. Student involvement and cooperation should be promoted to develop both team spirit and the quality of leadership in children.
Provide practice opportunities
Teachers should allow students to exhibit their skills by giving practices sessions. Classroom concepts might be hard for children to master. Providing them enough practice opportunities helps them gain confidence. Here the teacher exhibits a behaviour of ‘support’ to students which is highly recommended.
Teachers must always give instant feedback on student activities and behaviour at all times. This makes children realize that they are not only being given the right attention but monitored as well. This behavioural trait of ‘monitoring’ is an important aspect of a teacher’s attitude towards children.
Teachers are the sculptors who mould the children into successful leaders of tomorrow.
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