The relationship between teachers and students can at times be very critical; as teachers’ attitude can impact students’ progress negatively or positively. In this regard, teachers should adopt an approach that will motivate students to progress rather than demotivate them. This article concerns two methods of approach that teachers mostly use and there corresponding consequences.
The Motivating Approach
Teachers who used this method are cognizant and appreciative of the smallest progress students make. They show recognition and appraisal for this so as to encourage the student to keep it up. When I was at school, I made a little progress in English literature; then my teacher recognized and appreciated my effort because of this, I consequently obtained excellent grades in this subject. Teachers who use this method do not overreact when students fall short but seek to find out what was the cause and address it. They observe the general progress of the class instead of only focusing on the small group who excel.
The Demotivating Approach
This is the situation wherein the teacher is very difficult to satisfy. Whatever improvement on the part of the students is not recognized or appreciated. Instead, they are searching for shortcomings in order to intimidate students. This attitude often cause backlash on the students as some of them might develop hatred for the subject as a result of the teacher’s attitude. This will definitely cause students to retrogress in their studies.
Therefore, as teachers we should adopt attitude that leads to students’ progress as opposed to one which will adversely affect them in their journey to success. Your contribution in relation to teacher’s attitude and students’ progress will be most welcome