Previously, a teacher sent us a list of things every teacher wants parents to remember. We have a response from a parent who sent in a list of not just four, but six things that parents want teachers everywhere to note.
Ask any parent; what is first on our minds is the overall success and wellbeing of the child. Many times, parents pay a premium for their child’s education and they try to provide the best means possible (that suits individual pocket) to ensure their child/ward does not fall back on grades or lack for anything.
As a parent, there are 6 things I recommend that teachers take cognisance of when relating with students:
1. Help Them Turn Their Weaknesses To Strengths:
Children are like puppies; they soak up your every word, praise, blame and reward or punishment for an act or omission. Reprimand a child for doing something bad but never bagger the child with constant negative words that will kill the psyche. Let the child know why his actions were bad and teach him what he needs to do to correct it.
2. Don’t Play Favourites:
Children are not born equal in terms of performance; there will always be top, average and below average performers. Always respect the vulnerability of every child. Most people tend to praise the top performers of the class; that is human. But as a teacher, always remember that you have a moral obligation to every child in your care and you must never show a child that he/she is not good enough. You have done a good and honourable deed if a below average performer in your class becomes a force to reckon with after your tutoring. You will always be a reference point in his /her life. That is a priceless reward.
3. Make Sacrifices When Teaching:
Not every student will attend private lessons or after-hours classes. Why not sow the seed which you have been ordained as a ‘teacher of great minds’ to do. You can hold a brief make-up class with a child who is lagging behind. Salaries often times are not commensurate with a teacher’s effort, so also does money never buy true happiness. However, when all your students win, you also win.
4. Protect The Weak From Bullies:
Bullies are everywhere; they spread bad seeds of hate, ridicule and spite everywhere they go. Their prey is usually the lone ranger in class. There is no physical profiling of a prey; Pretty/Ugly, Fat/Thin, Bright/Dull. Whatever their (bullies) reservations, they pounce like a pack of wolves on a lone sheep. It is a teacher’s duty to fish out the bullies and protect the class from them. Try not to judge parents when their child misbehaves; reporting an identified bully to the parents often helps as nobody wants such for a child.
5. Be Vigilant & Interact Actively With Them:
Interact actively outside the classroom; during play activities, lunch, before class starts and when it ends. When you truly make out time to have a discussion with them, you learn a lot of useful things about them such as their fantasies, aspirations, opinions and problems.
6. Keep In Touch With Parents:
Finally, always keep an open line of communication with all parents and not just a few. Never wait for open day or PTA before you discuss important issues concerning a child with his parents. If you can’t call, send an SMS or an email. Relationship management between a parent and a teacher is important to the overall success of a child.