War VS. Peace In Class - Carol Henrick

Teacher- Student Relationship 

One of the most sacred relationships in the world is that of a teacher & a student. The relationship between a teacher and a student is a unique bond. It’s a blend of respect, trust, and mutual learning.
Teachers and students are the two ends of knowledge-building in society. This is why it’s so important to form a rapport between them to be well constructed and to allow students to be the protagonists of their own learning process.

Sometimes, students are under pressure to accomplish so much within a short time, and a good student-teacher relationship may aid them in overcoming such challenges.

A relationship that acts as a guiding light to spot any problem right after conception. Educators are extremely attuned to their students’ reactions, conduct, and behaviours, so they can notice issues before they become significant problems regarding academic progress, behaviours, or personal matters. 

This sense of trust & respect results in an environment for rich conversation & common goals to learn. It also furnishes the impetus for risk-taking miscalculations & mistakes that lead to growth opportunities.

The classroom would then be a vibrant learning space, a place of inquiry, imagination & discovery that engenders in its students the practice of life learning, empowered with knowledge but made skilful & sensitive enough to face a world filled with uncertainties.

One behaviour issue that I have noticed from the very beginning is talking. I have noticed that when the students are asked to be quiet, they usually take this as an instruction to just be “quieter” rather than completely silent. I struggled with this because my cooperating teaching allowed this habit to continue often, and I knew that this was something that I needed to break coming into full takeover. 

I have learned the value of simply waiting. This was hard to do at first, knowing that many things we had to get through in a day, but when I stayed patient and refused to start the lesson without them being completely silent they noticed and reminded one another to stay quiet.

I would like to conclude by saying, "The bond between a teacher & student is built on trust, respect & understanding".

Carol Henrick
Sunbeam Suncity 

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