“A good teacher must be able to put himself in the place of those who find learning hard.” Eliphas Levi
It makes great sense that a good teacher must be able to put himself in the place of those who find learning hard. As I believe profession of teaching is not as easier as we often treat it. Actually teaching is not all about going to the class and delivering content, it is only ten percent of the teaching. Actual teaching gets started after this. We often see only ten to twenty percent students get attention from the teachers and they become the toppers of the class, thirty to forty percent students somehow manage to crack the exams or even we can say they possess those qualities that can easily cross the passing line even they are not studded with a good teacher. And now the remaining thirty to forty percent students are those who are always set aside by the teacher as well as by themselves.
We can classify students in three categories of A,B, and C :
- 10-20% students, who are always on the right side
- 30-40% students , who can manage to communicate with teacher and somehow cross the borderline
- 30-40% students, who are always backbenchers & don’t get attention from the teachers.
I have firm believe for the students who were toppers in my class must have been the toppers in any circumstances or they could have been taught by any teacher. Actually they top the table not only by the teacher’s quality but by themtoo , even I don’t have any intention to underrate all the respected teachers who taught the entire bunch with their maximum efforts. But the point is, were these efforts specially put on the category ‘C’ students who were looking upto their teachers for their own betterment? Actually, I have lot of questions about those backbenchers and their respective teachers, why did those students find themselves always glad on the last benches? Did students try to improve in their class tests? Did teacher ask students to improve? Did teacher interrogate any student in person? Did teacher feel his/her accountability? Did teacher try to know the reason of poor scoring in every unit test? Did teacher feel why I am unable to convert the result in positives? We may find the mix responses from the students as well as teachers. Still I would like to favor teachers as they must have asked students to improve. Till now, I would say teachers have put their feet forward to improve student’s score or knowledge as well. But once you take any action it needs so many of other actions to get rewarded. Otherwise, our all efforts may go in vain.
I read somewhere, “Good Teachers know how to bring out the best in Students”.
Now we just let off category ‘A’ of any particular class, who already had the capability of making top of the table. How much the teacher of that class was able to make difference in learning for the remaining eighty percent of the students? Here a teacher needs to play an important role in the life of those eighty percent of the students. Even in most of the cases, some of the teachers are capable of tackling category ‘B’ students also. But category ‘C’ is always underrated.
Now many questions arise, when & why did category ‘C’ students find themselves in that well of darkness? Who did force them to enter that particular category? When did they start enjoying their category?
There may be many reasons for their acceptance of category ‘C’. A few of them have lack of vision in life, workaholic parents those hardly get times for their children, lack of awareness about study, parents’ separation and so on.
Now we can talk about the role of a teacher. Firstly I would like to throw some light on the kind of teachers we may find:
- We have seen so many of teachers who doesn’t prepare their content before going to the class than it affects category ‘B’ and category ‘C’ students to grasp the content. In fact, they rely on their past knowledge of the content, but reality is repeat study of any content gives us new ideas always.
- We may find so many of teachers who have good knowledge and they prepare well, but they have limitations with their delivery. They are also unable to favor category ‘B’ and ‘C’.
- We may find teachers with limited knowledge; still they prepare well and deliver well but it hardly affects category ‘B’ and ‘C’.
- Another category of teachers is, who have good knowledge, they always try to teach entire class in spite of any particular category. So they prepare well, keep all the students in their mind and deliver with the same intention. It’s a difficult task but not impossible to do for any teacher.
Following exercises may help teachers to boostup the morale of category ‘B’ and ‘C’ students.
- Always try to improve knowledge on every topic, prepare well and deliver according to the requirement of bunch of learners. Whenever required need to alter delivery method.
- Always think of new ideas of delivery with possible way of practical learning.
- Always pay special attention to category ‘C’ students after their classroom learning.
- Need to figure out the reason of the students, why they enjoy category ‘B’ & ‘C’. Whenever possible, work on their mindset, positive mindset leads to miracles. Motivation can change the lives of so many students.
- Always give some space to students for interactive sessions in spite of bombarding only.
- Always appreciate average or poor students for their each & every query even that query can be very simple.
- Always try to avoid giving negative feedback to any student; yeah sandwich approach can be applied for the betterment of the student.
Make efforts to make content interesting, a good teacher always converts boring content into interesting one.