Teacher Pupil Relationships
March 13, 2017
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The relationship with a teacher and his or her pupil is a very important one. Up until about 6th grade, students spend an average of 5 to 7 hours a day with a specific teacher. After that they spend about fifty minutes with each teacher, five days a week, for nine months. Teachers play a huge role in how students learn and will continue to learn. Often when young students think of teachers their first though is an Agatha Trunchbull (the mean teacher from Matilda) type character. Big, mean, and most important, terrifying. As students get a little older and have more experience with different teachers, they learn that teachers are often more like Mrs. Honey. Sweet, kind, just want what’s best for their students.
Silas Vaughn, a Sophomore at Jerome High School, gave his views on how teachers have affected him over the course of his life. He mentioned that he’s had teachers that have pushed him to go above and beyond. While it negatively affected his grades (often times turning in classwork 2-3 weeks late) his work was much higher quality since then.
One of the most important aspects of the student teacher relationship is mutual respect. Children as young as kindergarten understand when something’s happening that isn’t fair.
Say the teacher called out one person who was talking instead of calling out the group as a whole. That student is more likely to relate that teacher with being unfair, creating a negative relationship. The student may act out more in the future and will have trouble learning in that class because of it. It isn’t irreversible though, all the teacher has to do is reintroduce positive interaction with that student. A little genuine praise can go a long way.
Junior Nancy Sanchez said, “The first time a teacher disrespected me was in third grade. I just moved and didn’t know a lot of things, she refused to help me, and it was hard to learn in that class. I did have a teacher in first grade that really helped me out. I didn’t like math but she worked through it with me and did a lot to help me, she showed me that I do like math.”
Mutual respect is needed for a student and teacher to blossom in the classroom. When a teacher shows that they respect a student and they are more than willing to help them through any difficulties they may have in class, the student is far more willing to work harder to make their teacher proud.
Hammersley, English teacher at Jerome High, understood this concept very well. She said, “I think the most important thing to achieving good relationships with my students is mutual respect. I want them to know that I see them as real people that have lives outside of my classroom, so I try to find out what those things are. I don’t consider it a waste of class time to just take some time to chat with them and let them get to know me as well.”
She went on to talk about how when a student and teacher see each other as someone to respect and admire, it helps both sides perform better in the classroom setting. Knowing what her students struggle with and their goals helps her teach that particular student more efficiently. It’s by far easier to do a difficult project or paper if her students trust that they are learning something that will help them, and not just busywork.
Jaeden Benedict, Sophomore, is a very good example of how a good student teacher relationship can affect the student’s performance. He said, “A teacher inspired me with a story about her life, talking about when she was in freshman year, the year I was in at the time. She told me she had to battle to pass high school with little help from her parents and struggling from dyslexia. At the time I wasn’t doing so well in school. I was slacking. She inspired me to do better, and was there for me when I had any questions or was swamped with class work. She took the time to notice if I was struggling and cared enough to help me through it.”