Beyond The Four Walls of The Classroom!
‘Some teachers taught the curriculum today.
Other teachers taught the students today. And there is a big difference.’
Were you scared of your teachers in high school? Did you ever hesitate to go to school because of that teacher who always picked on you?
Well, what ever may be the reason, you wouldn’t have had a great time dealing with such situations during your schooldays.
In the ancient times, students considered their teachers as gurus. Life was simple and the teachings of the gurus were supreme. However, with time and advancement in society, education system has changed. This change has not only affected the educational institutions but also the role of a teacher. Classrooms have taken a different shape to keep up with this new change. Teaching methods and methodology have altered the traditional teaching-learning experience. For those in the educational profession, this might seem to be challenging but it is imperative to accept the change to deliver the best to the next generation. After all, change is inevitable.
This change has brought in an important factor that plays a significant and in- dispensable part in the student-teacher relationship. This major factor is Bridging the gap in the teacher-student relation through Communication.
With the arrival of the digital world, the practice of communicating with one another has started to fade away, just like the mist which vanishes when the sun rays illumining the earth. This has disconnected everyone, including children, from the real world and instead we have glided into the virtual world. Are we now addicted to the virtual world or is the virtual world the new real world? The reasons could be subjective but bridging this gap in our personal and professional relationships is very important.
So how is it essential to consider the skill of expressing or communicating in the teaching profession? The following answers this question.
You might be wondering why are some teachers so much loved and admired by the students. Well, the answer to the question is these teachers have gone out of their way to build a positive relationship with their students. This definitely is not an easy task.
The foundation of any relationship is the most vital factor for its longevity and security. In a student-teacher relationship, this factor plays an equally important role. This base is created only when the communication between the two parties is clear and crisp.
Apart from being a teacher, he/she plays multiple roles in the life of a student. A positive student-teacher bonding can produce effective outcomes both for the student and the teacher; The student can have good social and academic outcomes and the teacher can have great work satisfaction. Bridging the gap with impactful communication can help students to open up their mixed bag of emotions which they often hide with in themselves. Henceforth, the students become emotionally stable. There is team work in such relationships which often leads to shaping of a healthier future as there is constant guidance from the teacher. The teacher is a motivator and plays a passive role. He/she is a facilitator who shows the path and lets the student decide and choose the way independently. On the contrary, a strict and unwelcoming teacher can create just the opposite in a child. This may further kill the creativity and freedom to think in a child as he/she might be always under the impression that any mistake would invite trouble for him/her. Hence, these students often become submissive and the efficiency level drops drastically.
There is evidence that shows that a positive student-teacher bonding can create greater classroom productivity. In 2015, a researcher by the name of John Hattie identified a number of influences related to effective learning and achievement. Some of these influences included teaching strategies, classroom discussion, classroom cohesion, teacher expectation, teacher immediacy, teacher credibility and class room behaviour. Establishing a positive and supportive classroom environment, combined with productive relationships between teachers and their students, provide a platform in which students are encouraged and motivated to grow both academically and personally. (Scots College)
Such a bonding not only creates a fun-filled and optimistic classroom environment but also adds to the ‘Best days of my life’ memories for a child.
Hence, let’s be the one that the students lookup to. It is hard to be a student but even harder to be a teacher.
Scots College. (n. d.).How to develop positive teacher-student relationships. Retrieved from https://www.tsc.nsw.edu.au/tscnews/how-to-develop-positive-teacher-student-relationships
Ashutosh Aggarwal, B.E.(Mech). Hons, is Founder & Secretary, Sanskriti The Gurukul, Guwahati; Co-Founder, The Atelier (www.the-atelier.org), Guwahati & Bangalore; and Jt.Secretary, Happy Child High school, Guwahati. He has been awarded the White Swan award by AsiaOne Magazine, as the Most Influential Leader in Education, 2015-16. He is passionate about bringing a change in the education system of the country. He is a dedicated Maths Educator and teaches classes X-XII. He is also the Charter President, The Toastmasters Club of Guwahati. He is an able leader and administrator andbelieves in the empowerment of the team. He believes in 7C’s in Education: Critical Thinking, Creativity, Collaboration, Communication, Citizenship, Character Building & Compassion.
Ankita Das born on the 21st of May, 1989, in Guwahati, exploring life has always been my passion. Holding a dual Master’s degree in English with Communication Studies from Christ University, Bangalore and MSW from St. Joseph’s College of Arts and Science, Bangalore, I have always wanted to work with children to motivate and understand them. Hence, to fulfill this objective, I returned to my hometown as an English and Life Skills educator. This has made me achieve the ultimate purpose of getting to know the psyche of children and teenagers.
Apart from being passionate about teaching, I am a Toastmaster and a strong believer in constant self-improvement. I am also, a cycling enthusiast and a nature lover who finds deep connection with nature.