The attitude existing between the student and the teacher influences how they judge each other. This initial judgment can turn out to be a self fulfilling prophecy- being positive or negative- when the teacher grades the student’s work, and/or when the student learns in class, studies, makes schoolwork and takes tests.
As parents, we can do our part in this equation: we can have a positive attitude ourselves towards our children’s teachers and their knowledge, and transmit this to our children, showing our confidence in our children. This works since we set the norm towards things around us to our children, and children often follow our example, attitude and judgment. So be careful not to speak ill about your child’s teacher. Instead try to not vilify them and practice understanding and empathy, as you get the teacher to work with your child in a positive note.
It is not surprising that a key factor for your child’s success in school depends on your child’s attitude towards their teachers as much as their teachers’ attitude and expectations towards their students.
Research demonstrates how teachers who generate positive attitudes towards their students have students that reciprocate and excel. However this does not only rely on the teachers, academic success also depends on the student’s attitude towards the teacher. A student can also generate a positive attitude in the teacher towards him/herself when the teacher perceives a positive attitude and reciprocates it.
Key factors to positive interactions between teachers and students include:
Student expectations: How the student expects the class material to be taught, and the expertise and knowledge of the teacher in the subject.
Teacher interest: When a teacher has clear the main goal in this learning partnership is the student learning. To accomplish this, accessibility and openness to the students’ needs is important.
Student Motivation: Is he interested in learning or is he there because it is required.
Behavior: Making the best of students’ attitude, especially when they challenge authority in a “prove-it-to-me” style. This represents a valuable learning opportunity for the student, so a teacher should take it with that perspective.