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Positive Teachers-Students relation for a better Education

Successful teachers are those that have the ability to maximize the learning potential of all students in their class. Developing positive relationship between a teacher and students is a fundamental aspect of quality teaching and student learning. Positive teacher-student relationship promote a sense of school belonging and encourage students to participate cooperatively. Students develop confidence to experiment and succeed in an environment where they are not restricted by the fear of failure. Teachers are able to assist students with motivation and goal setting, and students can turn to them for advice and guidance. As a parent, it’s important to understand how to develop positive teacher-student relationship, to know what to look for at his/her child’sschool. One of the significant aspect of teaching is establishing a strong relationship between teacher and students. The honest and good relationship is very important for child future success. If a teacher want to maintain the good relationship with his/her students, he/she needs to follow some educational tactics that contribute to establishing the relationship between teacher and students. Also it’s necessary to keep in mind that not every strategy will suitable for every students but there is a need to maintain strong bonding between students through giving the feeling of love, sincere atmosphere. According to SIMON, there is a responsibility of a teacher to effectively collaborate with the students and provide the better learning experience for them. It is included in the responsibility of the teacher to try to find different ways through which a teacher can actively engage with them as well as try to learn their behavior, what they like, in which activity they enjoy most and so on. According to VALENZUELA, teacher should create a sincerity and take interest in all students. If teacher adopt the advice of VALENZUELA then it means they need to learn more about students rather than teaching books.  The teaching method can also need to modify and design as per students need and its interest. Also while creating a curriculum, it should be kept in mind that what students like and what they want to learn more. If teachers don’t find out, they lose interest and teachers do not successfully engage students during lectures. It is required to adopt different teaching technique to provide unique learning experiences. According to NODDINGs, if curriculum and lectures are the mixtures of emotional intelligence and socially engaging activities then a strong relationship between teachers-students can be easily established. To develop a successful relationship between students-teachers, we should design such strategy through which all students engage and take part in classroom activities and learning. Also giving more importance to such students who are shy and quite are also played a vital role to establish a good relationship. Teacher should motivate such students in the class and take their feedback so that they feel important person in the class. Knowing all the students of a class by name (this can be possible by taking attendance, calling their names for few days)also help  to establish a good relation as students are happy because he/she thinks that he/she  is known by the teacher very well. This way teacher can make a successful relationship with the students.
     It is also required to remember that, teachers should not adopt abuse language in the classroom, this will ruin the good relationship between teachers and students. The key element for the successful relation, there is an element of respect between teacher and students. There is a difference between students respect a teacher with the bottom of heart and just respecting a teacher because a teacher is authorized at the higher level. Generous and humble behavior towards students from the teachers is also a key to establish a successful relationship with the students. It is also said that it is important to understand that students should treat teachers as a person with whom he/she can talk and share his/her feelings. According to NODDINGs, creating a proper relationship between teacher and students is highly possible by caring the students. Both teachers and students should have a shared responsibility, interest and sincerity. Teachers have different perceptions regarding kind of relationship with different students. Hence, those teachers perception regarding students is very significant for assessing student’s connection with their teachers. There are various benefits of executing a successful relationship between teacher and students as it can lead students to get success academically. With the positive attitude, a teacher can change the attitude towards willingness of doing different classroom task. Most importantly when the successful relationship between teacher and students establishedthen to grow academically, physically, spiritually and emotionally is sure to develop.
    Teachers play an important role in the trajectory of students throughout the formal schooling experiences. Although most research regarding teacher-students relationship investigate the elementary years of schooling, teachers have unique opportunity to support students’ academic and social development at all levels of schooling when teachers form positive bond with students, classrooms become supportive spaces in which students can engage in academically and socially productive ways. Positive teachers-students relationship are classified as having the presence of closeness, warmth and positivity. Students who have positive relationship with their teachers use them as a secure base from which they can explore the classroom and school setting both academically and socially, to take on academic challenges and work on social-emotional development. This includes, relationship with peers and developing self-esteem and self-concept. Through this secure relationship, students learnt about socially appropriate behaviors as well as academic expectations and how to achieve these expectations. Students in low-income schools can especially benefit from positive relationship with teachers. Students in higher poverty urban schools may benefit from positive teacher-students relationship even more than students in high –income schools, because of the risks associated with poverty. Risk outcomes associated with poverty include high rates of school dropout, lower rates of college applications, low self-efficacy and low self-confidence. However, question from many is that whether all these important aspects of positive teacher-students relationship exist in schools & colleges of Manipur or not? I think,not!!

Sanjenbam Jugeshwor Singh

Sanjenbam Jugeshwor Singh is a regular contributor of Imphal Times. Presently, he is teaching Mathematics at NIELIT. Jugeshwor can be reached at: [email protected] Or WhatsApp’s No: 9612891339.

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