Perspectives of Teacher-Student Relationships 21 vi . This qualitative study addressed the following research questions: How does this teacher. Teacher-Student Relationship Questionnaire (TSRQ) Rating Scale: A Student Survey Parameters Strongly Agree Disagree Strongly agree disagree My teacher . classes in which you teach students how to use the library (e.g., library skills or Teaching in another elementary or secondary INDIAN school IN THIS STATE Remember to record the relationship of these persons to you.
Most of us have been in a situation in which we felt incompetent or not skilled enough to complete a task well.
For General Education Teachers: Helpful Questions to Ask About Students with ASD
In those situations, our emotions may get the better of us, and we may become very defensive in our response, standoffish in meetings, present negative body language, and appear angry. It is uncomfortable after teaching for many years to be seen as someone who can't accomplish a task. It diminishes self confidence and therefore one's whole demeanor may be in jeopardy. Even if the task in this case, its inclusion is completed, it may not be done well.
We can feel as if everything has been tried to complete a task or teach a student when in fact, the discomfort and feelings of incompetence can mask any ability to look more completely at the situation. These feelings are not new. Teachers have felt unprepared to have students with an autism spectrum disorder in their classes for years. There are reasons for that discomfort and also solutions to help them feel more involved and capable.
Those of us who have supported individuals with an autism spectrum disorder, and feel confident in our abilities, can lend support to our fellow teachers as well.
As we all know, knowledge is power; this is especially true when teaching students with ASD. There are several questions that general education teachers can ask that may assist them in preparing for their new student. One question that is not always helpful is "when will an assistant be assigned? The general education teacher is the person ultimately responsible for the student's education.
Every child with autism should have a folder that includes all of the various test results, behavior plans and IEPs, etc.
These materials can be somewhat useful but they do not really give a clear picture of the child. There are other questions that the general education teacher can ask that can be more helpful when planning to include a student with ASD in a general education classroom. Some can be answered simply and others may take more time and energy.
The first question to ask is if your school has an autism consultant. This team was created and trained to be the local support to teachers in their area. This team could provide you with general information about autism and perhaps assist when difficulties occur.
The following questions can help you get to know the specific child with autism and allow you insights that are different from test scores and IEP goals. How soon will I have a copy of the IEP? Who will explain all the jargon and special education language to me? What is a behavior plan? If there is a behavior plan; when can I see it?
If necessary, who will explain it to me? Is there a transition plan to enter into a classroom? What does it say? What would be best to do on that visit? Is the student learning at grade level? Who has worked successfully with the student in the past?
What has worked in the past for the student to be successful? What are the student's strength's, interests, and preferences? What are the student's fears and frustrations? What are the student's learning needs?
What motivates the student? Where should the student sit to maximize participation in each class? What environmental changes might be needed? Does the student need a quiet place to go to regroup? Where should it be? What are the student's sensory issues related to lighting, sounds, smells, space, and other issues? Poet Kabir narrated the importance of teachers in his couplet: Guru gobind dou khade, kaake lagoon pay. Balihari guru aapne gobind diyo batay Guru and God both are here to whom should I first bow?
All glory be unto the guru, path to God who did bestow. Unfortunately these gurus have become the scapegoat for all lacunas that our education system is plagued with. This brings to an important question as to why teachers are not respected in India and what daily battles they wage for survival irrespective of whether they are working in a government school or an international curriculum school.
As a teacher these are my reflections to this question based on my personal experience and my interaction with my colleagues. Problems and challenges faced by Indian teachers in the classroom and outside Professional status of teaching Teaching is not considered as one of the most sought after career in India; hence the primary challenge is to raise the status of teaching as a career choice. This stems from the general perception that people harbor about this profession which is, that anyone can become a teacher as it takes minimal skill and is nothing but glorified baby—sitting.
Well, to some extent it is true as a non competitive teacher really has minimal skills whereas a good teacher has leadership skills which can even challenge a senior manager of a company. This status can also be attributed by our hiring process in B.
- Problems faced by Indian teachers in the classroom and outside
In fact in South Korea and Finland teachers are selected from the top 10 per cent which means in such countries competition for entry to teacher education program is intense. Only one in 10 applicants is accepted to study to become a primary teacher in Finland.
This shows the respect that teachers possess in these countries as only the best and the brightest of the lot are in this profession, naturally conferring it to be one of the most highly regarded professions. In India this tradition of hiring the best is practiced by Teach for India, Gandhi fellowship etc by recruiting the best college graduates or even corporate honchos with exemplary leadership skills as teaching fellows in their fellowship programme.
In my social circle whenever I mention my profession, my friends respect me not because of my profession but because I chose to be a teacher instead of what my fancy college degree expected me to become. My degree made me a good teacher by default. This I feel is the greatest disrespect to the profession and to all those teachers out there who are there by choice and are doing a great job. The day when everyone understands that a good teacher is one who is not only a fountain of knowledge but also an agent of change and leader, would lead to a breakthrough in this existing perception.
Financial compensation As mentioned in my previous article teaching is one of the most underpaid jobs barring some schools which strictly adhere to pay commission of scales. Even appreciation in form of financial incentive is not a very popular culture.
These problems are not restricted to government or low cost private schools but also to posh international schools were the average annual fee structure of a student ranges from Rs.
Problems faced by Indian teachers in the classroom and outside - Careerizma
The school management and board of directors mostly prefer cheap labour. Again this is because of the low professional status of teachers in our society.
The teaching profession is dominated by women and we see very less men who prefer being a teacher. Women are not considered as the primary breadwinner of a family and hence their compensation is abysmally poor compared to the fee structure that these international school charge. The school salary is just like pocket money for them. One should always update their networking skills to be placed in the best of the organization rather than compromising on self respect and injustice.
Commercialisation of education The general Indian mentality believes that privatization is the solution to everything dysfunctional in our country. So how do these superficial markers affect teachers? Most of these elite private schools are established by real estate developers or politicians who do not have an iota of idea what education is all about. For them education is nothing but a means to amass a huge fortune.
They forget the golden lines of Padma Shri Dr. B Pathak who said: Education should not be a business but it should be run like a business. Goddess Lakshmi is more venerated as compared to Goddess Saraswati which means these schools are open to year round admissions whose parents pass the merit of possessing a hefty bank balance. Entrance test are generally not conducted and academic merit is not the driving factor for admission.
Most of all, VIP treatment and excessive molly cuddling is expected from a teacher which also includes malpractices like promoting students even when they have failed in major academic subjects to retain admissions and prevent financial loss. The concept of motivated teacher is also a flawed one because most of them feel that a motivated teacher is one who is regular to school every day, follows official protocols blindly without questioning and if necessary provide information that management team wants!
The real focus shifts from student learning outcomes to complying orders as fount fit by the administrative department relegating teachers to a mere stature of puppets who have no voice. Seema Bansal of Boston Consulting Group mentioned in TED Talk that one of the issues faced by teachers in Haryana is not that they are incompetent but they were expected by supervisors to supervise the construction of classrooms, toilet, mid day meal or depositing scholarship money in students account etc.
Hence teachers were in schools but not in classrooms. The same can be extrapolated to private schools where a lot of instructional time is lost to rehearse high profile school events like annual day, sports day etc and with the time that is left over teachers are expected to finish the curriculum with finesse. By the way an important observation, in all these high profile events the chief guests generally happens to be a politician, sport star or someone glamorous who holds a position of power.