Individual attention works wonders

schoolboy-his-teacher-reading-class-6081096To make teaching efficient, we bring in experts and pay them. To take advantage of this, we put quite a number of kids all in the same classroom to learn from expert, commonly called a “teacher.”

But the more kids we put in the classroom, the lesser individual attention each kid gets. And what makes a difference in education is that individual touch. One of my followers calls it a “connection” with the student.

There needs to be human compassion, empathy in the classroom. Otherwise, we could just put on a film to teach with a robot supervisor. This would not work.

A human being is needed to find the level of the student — not the level at which the student SHOULD be, but the level at which s/he IS. I’ve always made it my aim to help students to improve. Even if they don’t do well on standardized tests and are subsequently catalogued as “below level,” I feel an inner satisfaction that I helped a fellow human being rise to a new level.

Who were the teachers who most inspired me? The ones who treated me as a person, not a just another pupil in the classroom. The ones who met me at my level, made me believe in myself and helped me climb a rung. They didn’t complain at me for not being smarter than I was.

Let’s keep the human element in the class!

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2 thoughts on “Individual attention works wonders

  1. As a visually impaired person I attended several boarding schools for blind and partially sighted individuals. The schools had disadvantages (the main one, in my view being that they separated disabled children from our non-disabled peers), however one distinct advantage was the high degree of individual attention students received. Many classes had about 10 pupils, some fewer which led to a wonderful teaching environment. I am, on the whole in favour of the integration of disabled and non-disabled students but I worry that those with special needs may not always obtain the individual attention they require.

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    • Your observations are right on. As a teacher in an affordable private school, may I add the concern of economic feasibility? With more students, your school improves its economics but lowers its individual attention. We don’t have tax dollars to subsidize us. In this last recession, a whole slew of private schools closed here in my city.

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