Positive student-teacher bond for imperial academic success

Published: Sep 05, 2019, 16:14 IST | mid-day online correspondent

Positive teacher-student relationships allow students to feel safe and protected in their learning environments and provide a supportive framework for important social and academic skills.

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This picture has been used for representational purpose

Teachers play an important role in the learning curve of students throughout the formal schooling experience. Although most research regarding teacher-student relationships focuses on the elementary years of schooling, teachers certainly hold the opportunity to support students' academic and social development at all levels of schooling. Positive teacher-student relationships allow students to feel safe and protected in their learning environments and provide a supportive framework for important social and academic skills. Pleasant teacher-student relationships are classified as having the presence of closeness, warmth, and positivity. Research also suggests that high-quality relationships between the teacher and student lower the disruptive behaviours students may engage in.

There are numerous ways in which teachers can create a space conducive for students to achieve favourable outcomes and tap their potential educationally, socially and emotionally which has been listed by Karishmma V Mangal Director and Trustee Thakur International School, Cambridge

Learn the students' names and other basic information at the onset. Students will appreciate this. Teachers may choose to distribute an information sheet at the first class session. The sheet can ask students for their name, the name they prefer to be called by, where they live, interests or hobbies, a success experience, goals, places they have visited, part-time jobs held, etc.

Understand certain personal things about each student. An information sheet mentioned previously is one way to accomplish this. Another activity is to take advantage of the time at the beginning and end of class, before holidays, or after holidays just to talk and listen to students. Ask students about their leisure time, goals and aspirations, and opinions about local, national, and world events. What is talked about is probably less important than the fact that the teacher was interested enough to ask and listen.

Provide positive comments when appropriate. Sometimes teachers become so busy or frustrated by the problems that occur that they forget to notice and comment on the positive things students do. Teachers can identify effort, cooperative behaviour, and helping conduct. Positive comments or simple compliments pertaining to in-school behaviour can help boost the student’s morale.

Avoid the use of threats and punishment. If students do something that is unruly, use a time-out procedure instead of punishment. After the time-out procedure has been used, be sure to sit down with students and talk with them. Practice active listening. Inquire how they feel about what arose. Give them a chance to vent any negative emotions. After they have had a chance to discuss their feelings, focus on the ways to avoid such an occurrence in the future. Make it clear to the student that it is the behaviour and not the person that is unacceptable.

Remain unbiased. Some students are easily likeable, while others are not. Yet teachers need to be sure that some students do not get special privileges and others harsher treatment because of the teachers’ feelings towards them. During tasks or responsibilities to be carried out, all students must receive an opportunity to participate. This will give help strengthen the teacher-student bond because of a demonstration of trust in the student.

Create an environment where questions and answers-even wrong answers-are encouraged and valued. Students absorb and participate more when they feel at ease asking and answering questions. But students will not do so if they think they will be embarrassed. Encourage and acknowledge students when they raise doubts or respond to questions. When students tell you that they do not understand something, appreciate their remark and honesty because it helps you to know what aspects of a lesson need additional attention.

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A strong connection and healthy communication between teachers and students can catalyse the academic growth and development of a child. Educators who have solid bonds with their students have been shown to be more effective in their teaching roles. In addition to fewer behavioural problems, teachers with strong classroom relationships are also able to achieve greater levels of academic success among students. When students view their teachers as a partner rather than an opponent, they are more open to learning. Furthermore, this can turn classrooms into a collaborative environment where students are more willing to listen to both the teacher and each other.

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    Hrithik Roshan in Super 30: Based on the life of genius mathematician and teacher Anand Kumar, Super 30 features Hrithik Roshan as Kumar who teaches 30 students to crack IIT-JEE mains. Hrithik Roshan has been receiving appreciation from all across for capturing Kumar's gestures with utmost perfection. Anand Kumar himself commended Hrithik for imbibing his soul into his character. Super 30 is a story of the triumph of the spirit. The movie also features Mrunal Thakur alongside Hrithik. The film released on July 12, 2019.

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    Sushmita Sen in Main Hoon Na: Chemistry would have never been boring had students been lucky to have a teacher like Chandni Chopra, the character Sush essayed in the Farah Khan-directorial. Her sensuality and chiffon saree were among the memorable aspects of the film.

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    Rani Mukerji in Hichki: The heart-warming and inspiring film Hichki, had a progressive message of beating stereotypes. It featured Rani Mukerji as a determined school teacher, who changes the lives of innocent students from the economically backward strata, while dealing with her own nervous system disorder - Tourette Syndrome. Rani Mukerji's comeback film post motherhood sure was a hit.

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    Boman Irani in 3 Idiots: As the eccentric college dean Viru Sahastrabudhhe, who's a stickler for discipline, the versatile actor was a laugh riot. Earlier in his career, he portrayed the equally memorable role of J. Asthana, a medical college dean, in Munnabhai M.B.B.S.

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    Aamir Khan in Taare Zameen Par: As Ram Shankar Nikumbh, the perfectionist's portrayal of a charming, helpful teacher, who helps bring out the best in a dyslexic kid, remains unmatched.

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    Amitabh Bachchan in Black: As Debraj Sahai, Bachchan brought a sense of eccentricity to his character not often seen in Bollywood. His portrayal seemed over the top at times, but his conviction in teaching a deaf, mute and blind girl was appreciated unanimously. Big B also played a teacher in Aarakshan, but a weak script handicapped his performance.

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    Chitrangda Singh in Desi Boyz: She played the hot economics professor in the film, who teaches her student Akshay Kumar.

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    Raaj Kumar in Bulandi: A wealthy Ranjit Singh Lobo (played by Danny Denzongpa) recruits Professor Satish Khurana (Raaj Kumar) to tutor his son, Manjit (also played by Danny). The film also has Kumar tutoring Danny's friends' sons, played by Raj Kiran and Rakesh Bedi.

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    Shah Rukh Khan in Mohabbatein: Keeping aside his romantic hero image, here SRK played the graceful music teacher Raj Aryan, who challenges the stubborn policies of the principal of the university Narayan Shankar (Big B).

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    Simi Garewal in Mera Naam Joker: In this Raj Kapoor film, Simi played the pretty teacher Miss Mary. One of her students, played by a young Rishi Kapoor, was besotted with his teacher's beauty. Simi played the understanding teacher with utmost ease.

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    Naseeruddin Shah in Sir: As the loveable professor Amar Varma, who sings an ode to the rain in the classroom and helps a student (Pooja Bhatt) overcome her stammering problem, Naseer won hearts with his unruffled portrayal.

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    Nagesh Kukunoor in Rockford: The director-cum-actor played Johnny Matthew (PT Instructor), who guided one of his students Rajesh Naidu (played by Rohan Dey) in more than just exercises, and became more of a friend, who shared his life experience with Rajesh.

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    Jeetendra in Parichay: Gulzar's simply told tale had Ravi (Jeetendra) tutoring Rai Saheb's (Pran) five grandchildren. The naughty kids try their best to do away with the professor, but the latter wins them over with his caring nature, and also brings about a change in their unruly behaviour.

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    Vinod Khanna in Imtihaan: This 1974 movie saw Khanna playing an idealistic professor Pramod Sharma, who takes it upon him to reform a group of rowdy college students.

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