Teachers are a vital resource in any education system. They are the individuals who guide students in the best practices and curriculum so that they can achieve their academic goals. Students are people who have enrolled themselves in a particular course or institution for the purpose of getting educated and skilled in a particular area or field. The relationship between teachers and students is essential in achieving success within any academic venture. The teacher has the task of guiding the student as they impart knowledge to them while the student has the job of absorbing and understanding this information with the purpose of using it in their future endeavors. The relationship between clients and employees is the same as the one in which a teacher and students share (Sharrock, 2013). Through the politeness of the relationship between customers and staff might have its benefits. Teachers should not treat students as clients and thereby should not put satisfying their interests and responding to their moods as a priority; instead, they should focus on ensuring effective, improved learning experience and setting them for greater goals.
Teachers treat students as clients by being polite to them and not fulfilling their needs by spoon feeding them rather than helping them achieve academic excellence. A teacher should treat a student with equality and generosity with the purpose of helping them to achieve academic excellence rather than being polite to them. Teachers should act as supervisors to students and not as their friends. This is because if they act like their friends, they will not be able to be just and firm as they implement their mandate. Teachers should always be adamant in their task. They should remind students that their responsibility is of acquiring new knowledge. They should be able to advise students on their missions and acquire new knowledge while in school so that they can gain understanding in the area they are studying in.
Teachers are the ones who charter the path in which students must take while they study. They do this by settings standards and expectations of which students need to deliver while they are in school. These expectations are set through issuing of assignments after classes and periodically having evaluation tests to find out how the student is failing in their learning process (Stronge, 2007). Assessments are beneficial to both the teacher and the student. By giving students assessments, they can establish how far the student has understood what they are being taught while the student can evaluate their progress in their learning process. No matter the outcome, both the student and the teacher need to ensure that they give their best efforts so that the teacher can continue imparting knowledge and the student can acquire and understand new knowledge.
Teachers should be able to discipline students in a dignified and respectful way (Mahatmta, Brown & Johnson, 2014). Implementation of training for the students will ensure that the students are working hard to achieve their desired goal of acquiring knowledge. The teacher should also be disciplined by making sure that they teach accordingly and appropriately by not missing classes or giving time to students when they may ask questions. Treating students as clients is the same as performing a business transaction. In such a case, everyone has their self-interests at heart which is wrong. The teacher should also have the best interests of the student at heart so that he/she can be able to impart knowledge to the student. By treating students as clients, their opinion can be taken to be always right. This treatment is not the case with a teacher-student relationship. The student might portray ideas to the teacher who might not be beneficial to them.
It is important that a teacher-student relationship remains professional and that they both work hand in hand to ensure the end goal is reached which is providing the student acquires knowledge.
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