Teacher – Student Relationship

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This Ted talk by Rita Pierson touched upon some aspects of teaching that I believe are central in becoming an effective teacher. She mentioned that to foster an environment in which students can learn, the teacher must create a sense of connectedness with them. Van Manen (1991) also mentioned the importance of this concept. He explained that it created a distance between the teacher and the students when the teacher tells the students “I want you to…” and the distance between the students and teacher can be avoided with simply saying “Now, let’s…”. Rita Pierson emphasizes that as a teacher, when you can create a connection with your students the opportunity to develop relationships with them exists. I have been fortunate enough to have had teachers who were extremely influential to me, now as a teacher my hope is to be a meaningful figure in my students’ lives.

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