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Respect goes both ways: What teachers should and shouldn’t do

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Señorita Breen, a Spanish teacher for a variety of classes, helping freshman Shannon Malloy. Breen displays good teaching by helping and guiding her students through difficulties.

Señorita Breen, a Spanish teacher for a variety of classes, helping freshman Shannon Malloy. Breen displays good teaching by helping and guiding her students through difficulties.

Sydney Myers

Sydney Myers

Señorita Breen, a Spanish teacher for a variety of classes, helping freshman Shannon Malloy. Breen displays good teaching by helping and guiding her students through difficulties.

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Throughout their school life, many students have had teachers who have not treated them the way teachers should treat students. They have had teachers who treated them poorly or had a lack of respect towards their students. Teachers should be aware that their actions affect students and should know how to treat them in the best way possible. There are ways that students like to be treated by their teachers, and perhaps teachers should listen and take advice from their students.

Students across Patterson Mill have experienced a teacher who has not been good to them. From lack of respect to not properly teaching them, students have been exposed to this when they shouldn’t have to be. Ty Darden (10) said, “[My old teacher] had made fun of me,” and no student should ever have to go through this. Teachers should never talk down to students or make them feel inferior in any way, especially make fun of them. Teachers should treat their students with respect. Students go to school to learn and be educated, not to be disrespected or put down by their seniors. Students also see a problem with teachers who do not have the most patience. Jaxon Fisher (11) said, “One time I got called on by a teacher when I didn’t raise my hand. I didn’t know the answer and they started to get mad, as if they were angry because I couldn’t answer them,” and he added that the experience made them feel “stupid.” Many students feel that it is unnecessary when teachers call on them when they don’t raise their hand, a feeling shared by many, though a select few do feel personally affected by it, as Fisher did. Students have a shared knowledge that if they don’t raise their hand, it’s more than likely because they don’t know the answer. If a teacher calls on them when they didn’t raise their hand, they are getting called out in front of the whole class and get embarrassed because they don’t know the answer. Fisher added, “I feel like a complete idiot when it happens. It’s embarrassing.”

Students believe that their teachers should treat them the same way that the students treat them. If the student is giving their teachers respect, then they should be given the same thing back. “I want my teachers to treat me with common decency,” Fisher says, “Like, if I get a question wrong, don’t get frustrated. Work with me through it, help me rather than get mad at me.” Students  should not have to feel like this and their teachers shouldn’t put them through that. The students want their teachers to respect the fact that they don’t always know the answer and should be more patient with them. They would also like the teachers to offer them more help and be more supportive, rather than getting impatient or frustrated and calling them out about it in front of the whole class.

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