During my teaching, there were several instances where students expressed their feelings about my personality. The way I talk, the clothes I wear, even the bracelets I habitually wear in school, the way I smile, crack jokes etc. Expressive student behaviour shows how much students are aware of you, inspire you or hate you. In my case, students inspire me; some compete with me, struggle to like me or just don’t even bother whatever I say to them. Overall, students first human encounter they ever have outside their family are you guys – Teachers. We, teachers, have ever wondered what the value of human connection in our profession is? Off-course, we reflect on our teaching strategies, lesson plan techniques, and designing/redesigning curriculum framework that best suits our classroom needs. But still, we always complain that some students or a particular student do not take an active interest in classroom activities or are very much engaged in other subjects except mine.
James Comer, a well-known child psychologist, said that ‘no significant learning could occur without a significant relationship’. I believe it’s true because ‘Kids don’t learn from people they don’t like’ (Rita Pierson). A teacher for 40 years, Rita Pierson, asks: Do Kids need someone they inspire to become good humans? Let’s review her Ted Talk and see how she explains the concept of a teacher-student relationship.