Teaching is a noble profession and what a joy to see students hold our understanding in their eyes. In their success we find our own and so to them you give your all. Words are easier than bold actions. I believe teachers want the best for students and that is the reason for setting behavioral objectives to help learners achieve success in their three domains of learning.The relationship between student’s actual terminal behavior and pupil’s expected terminal behavior is an index of the success or failure of the lesson.
Difficult students challenge us especially when the learner is resistance to change. Why bother when you see students drop out of school. Drop outs feel they have no value when they see no supporting strength coming from others. After all, you were committed to teaching effectively. The blame is shifted on students who failed to do their part. I agree students’ have a personal responsibility to get involved in order to achieve great success. However, from my perspective, learners accomplishment depends on teachers leadership style. How can you tell the difference? Authoritative teachers make learners timid. They believe students can perform under the sanctions of punishment. They use their power to get favor and attention. The consequences on learners is usually devastating. For instance, when I was in secondary school, our chemistry teacher was firm, the kind who never tolerated nonsense. We were whipped for every wrong answers given during lesson. In African education system canning is used to control students and achieve discipline. It was awful especially when asked to balance chemical equations on the blackboard. As a result, I disliked science subjects.
On the other hand, we had a Biology teacher who stimulated the students to unusual efforts. He was able to make us winners. His class was devoid of tension. He considered our feelings and was patient to accommodate our inadequacies. Based on my teaching experience, I can go on and on to give vivid illustrations. Besides, current research studies have proved that a negative correlation exist between corporal punishment and maintaining discipline in schools. Comparatively, there are teachers who play the role of laissez-faire leadership role. A teacher with no authority inadvertently introduce lawlessness and lack of sense of direction.
Alternatively, there are teachers who give students a little push to learn and understand concepts. Like my Biology tutor, hilarious teachers laugh with students and give out encouragement when they make flimsy mistakes. Students are bound to hit rocks and thorns on their path to learning. But with a little pat on their back the barriers are like bouncers for launching forward. I believe learners can remain reactionary with no desire to initiate actions without serious pep-up from the teachers.
With this in mind, the sky is not their limit. At this point, three different things become apparent. These are:
1. Servant teacher leadership style
2. Maintaining quality response to students need
3. Give students correct motivation to boost their confidence.
The basis principle of teaching requires the three elements be adopted and given maximum attention in a teaching-learning environment.Students succes is greater when urged to persevere. I believe the result will be outstanding if they realise they can excel like their peers. Undoubtedly, teachers at all levels can make the teaching profession very attractive. Providing the right leadership style and a little prod is essential.
Above all, I think, no nation can rise above the quality level of its teachers. We need to always pep-up our students. The best teacher is liked and cheerful. Our students success is our success. If they accomplish their academic goals our eternal reward is guaranteed.