Teacher's role in dealing with difficult situations - Paul Puthenveetil Variath

Teacher's role in dealing with difficult situations

Dealing with tough situations is a big part of a teacher's job. Whether it's handling misbehaving students or getting parents involved in their child's education. How teachers tackle these challenges can make a huge difference in creating a supportive learning environment.

When I started teaching, I faced many behavioural issues in my students, ranging from lack of focus to outright defiance. In younger kids, it often showed up as fidgeting or seeking attention, while older students acted out disruptively or pushed back against authority.

At first, I felt overwhelmed trying to solve these problems on my own. However, with guidance from a seasoned colleague, I learned some effective strategies. Setting clear rules and consequences, building positive relationships with students, and using proven classroom management techniques were key. I also found that addressing underlying issues through counselling or support services, and involving parents and school administrators when necessary, made a big difference.

Getting parents on board was another hurdle. Back then, many parents were less involved in their children's education, thinking it was solely the school's responsibility. Parent-teacher meetings often had low attendance, and some parents expected schools to turn their kids into doctors or engineers without much effort on their part.

Changing this mindset took effort. I worked on keeping open lines of communication with parents, keeping them updated on their child's progress and any concerns- involving them in decision-making whenever possible. I also provided resources and tips for supporting learning at home, although I didn't always have control over whether parents used them.

As a principal, I faced similar challenges, but the strategies remained largely the same. Effective communication, empathy, flexibility, and teamwork were crucial in navigating difficult situations and ensuring positive outcomes for students.

On-going training and support within schools are also essential for teachers to develop the skills and resilience needed to handle tough situations effectively. With the right approach and support, teachers can make a real difference in the lives of their students, even in the face of adversity.

Paul Puthenveetil Variath
Additional Director- QCR&D

Good Schools of India Journal @ www.GSI.IN

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