Friday, 13 July 2012

“For Teachers, all Students are Equal” - Professor M.S.Rao

“Don't try to fix the students, fix ourselves first.  The good teacher makes the poor student good and the good student superior.  When our students fail, we, as teachers, too, have failed.” - Marva Collins

Is it justified when some teachers like some students especially bright students and dislike some students? Can a mother like some children and dislike other children?  It is not proper, right!  Similarly, teachers must treat all students equally in the classroom to earn respect from all students.  However, it is easier said than done.

It is a fact that we human beings like some people and dislike some people due to our perceptions.  But teachers who are the real leaders and role models for others must get away from such perceptions, and must treat all students equally.

In every class, there will be bright students, average students, and dull students.  We find teachers often appreciating the bright students which discourages the average and dull students.  In fact, they must pay more attention to dull students who fail to catch up with the rest of the students due to various reasons.  They must focus more on dull students, and teach the key ideas and insights repetitively, if possible, to get the content across to them.   In addition, teachers must avoid using high vocabulary, and must stick to simple and plain language in the classroom so that they can reach out to the dull students effectively.

Remember what would have happened if Einstein was neglected by teachers during his elementary education.  What would have happened if Edison was neglected by his teachers during his initial learning stage?  We wouldn’t have got great scientists like them.  Research shows that the people with dyslexia are highly imaginative despite being slow in grasping the essence.   Hence, teachers must pay equal attention to all students in the classroom to earn their respect, and ensure effective teaching takeaways among the students.

“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” - Henry B Adams

Professor M.S.Rao
Founder, MSR Leadership Consultants, India
Born for the Students

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