Teacher Student Relationships

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Pic Courtesy: Prelude Public School, Agra
Pic Courtesy: Prelude Public School, Agra

The above quote clearly holds true when we define the role of a teacher in a student’s life.

Who is a Teacher? Gone are the days when people defined teacher as a person who provides education to pupils and students.

In today’s scenario, a Teacher’s role is a method of teaching that utilizes techniques of drama to facilitate education. It is a holistic teaching method designed to integrate critical thought, examination of emotion and moral values and factual data to broaden the learning experience and make it more relevant to everyday life situations.

Improving students’ relationships with teachers has imperative, positive and long-lasting significance for students’ academic and social development. Solely improving students’ relationships with their teachers will not prove to be beneficial. However, those students who have close, positive and collateral relationships with their teachers will attain higher levels of achievement than those students with more struggle in their relationships.

Advocates of evidence based education know that students who have positive and effective relationships with their teachers are more likely to do well at school, and teachers who passionately and earnestly build such relationships have a robust and durable effect on the lives of their students.

It has become the need of the hour to establish a cordial and a positive relationship between a teacher and a student. With changing times we as teachers, need to adopt new and updated strategies to deal with students.

This is tried and tested that if a teacher maintains a good relationship with the students i.e. a relationship which has care, affection, concern, sympathy and empathy, it surely produces good results as compared to a relation whereby a student and a teacher have mere classroom – teach and study relation. Students tend to be more responsible and more accountable when they genuinely believe or trust a teacher.

Let’s discuss one of the famous examples of student teacher relationships – Serving as a teacher for the royal princes, Dronacharya found that Arjun was an exceptionally talented student. Starting from the first test, Dronacharya saw such immense determination and focus in him that he predicted that one day he will become a great warrior. Seeing such enormous talent in Arjun, Dronacharya bestowed him with special wisdom of the Dev Shastras and the mystical bow of Brahma.

Finally some quick and easy ways to maintain good student teacher relations:

  • The teacher must get to know the students by name as quickly as possible.
  • The teacher must get to know some personal things about each student.
  • The teacher must conduct a values analysis discussion about some current event or topic
  • Try and have a one on one conversation with every student at least once a month
  • The teacher must get to know the students’ goals and aims
  •  The teacher must be positive and enthusiastic when teaching.
  • The teacher must always try to counsel and give suggestions to students whenever required
  •  The teacher must avoid the use of threats and punishment
  •  The teacher must encourage student participation in the class
  • The teacher must discuss and talk about some general topics as well in the class apart from teaching
  • The teacher must show students that he/she is available for them whenever there is any need.

Finally, mutual respect and trust are at the foundation of any lasting relationship. Student-teacher interaction that is based merely on academic progress or behaviour management creates inhibitions within a student and stifles true relationship-building. Those teachers who show respect towards their students and a keenness to help them through their difficulties become the object of respect themselves and trigger a drive among students to learn and make their teachers proud.

Vaneet KaurVaneet Kaur is working in G D Goenka Public School,Greater Noida, where she teaches Business studies and Entrepreneurship to the senior classes. She has B Com (Hons) and M Com degrees from the Delhi University, and has also done B Ed and M Phil. Currently she is pursuing Ph d in Commerce and Management. She has won many prizes – foremost among them is the first prize in Inter School Teachers’ Quiz Contest and an award from the former HRD Minister, Smt.Smriti Irani, for excellent class results in Business Studies. She has written many articles for students about how to score good marks and how to prepare for board examinations.