Can teacher-student relationships enhance student performance?

In a recent article, a study on student perceptions reveals that positive teacher-student relationships increases student performance. The classroom relationship between a student and teacher forms the foundation for an effective educational system. Positive teacher-students relationships decrease the need for discipline as well as increasing student performance.

According to the article, Experiment Tests If Teacher-Student Relationships Helps Performance, a study conducted in Germany revealed an association between increased student performance and positive teacher-student relationships for kindergarten students.

Researchers at the University of Vienna and the Technical University of Dresden conducted the study. They showed the students pictures of teachers that they did and did not like. The students who viewed pictures of only the teachers that they did like were able to solve pattern recognition problems faster than the students who viewed pictures of teachers that they did not like. The pictures were shown to the children so fast they processed the information subliminally.

The article falls short in indicating the possibilities for the biases that the children developed. It did not indicate what types of clothing, color of clothing, and other verbal and nonverbal characteristics of the teachers.

It is ultimately impossible for the conclusion of this student to reveal a correlation between teacher-student relationships and student performance. However, Dr. Derrick L. Campbell conducted a study, Promoting Positive Racial Teacher-Student Classroom relationships, which reveals a direct correlation between teacher student classroom relationships and student performance.

Education is a communication process that is not limited to transmitting knowledge but also involves interpersonal communication behaviors and nonverbal behaviors that are the major aspects of interpersonal relationships, which are critical in all learning situations. The teaching-learning process is essentially a communication event that includes verbal and nonverbal communication. Teachers and students are verbal and nonverbal message senders and receivers. Developing respectful relationships with students requires considerable knowledge of their verbal and nonverbal communication styles.

Verbal and nonverbal behavioral differences contribute to the racial challenges that exist between teachers and Black students. Schools and Black student conflict develop from expectation differences related to communication styles. The general public fails to accept that Blacks have different communication norms and conventions by assuming that Blacks communicate using standards set by socially dominant Whites.

Whites’ dispassionate and detached communication mode creates distrust among Blacks due to its similarity to Blacks who front which occurs when Blacks perceive there is a communication risk factor and chooses to remain silent in Black-White communication encounters. Most Black educational failure, which impacts student performance, arises from the teachers’ inability to understand how the students communicate. Schools will benefit from teachers becoming aware of specific verbal and nonverbal communication styles that affect students’ ability and motivation to engage in learning activities.

What are some of the verbal characteristics that can influence teacher-student classroom relationships which ultimately impact student performance?

Black verbal communication styles can influence teacher-student classroom relationships. White Americans’ unfamiliarity with the Black communication style results in a misunderstanding by the American mainstream.

For example, Blacks not only debate the idea; they also debate the person while Whites debate the idea rather than the person debating the idea. Blacks will probe beyond a given statement to find out where a person is “coming from,” in order to clarify a particular behavior or attitude. Black students also contrast White middle-class communication when they speak over others’ voices and repeat the communication until they are responded to or until they have someone’s attention.

Black communities accept the approach that their children use by interrupting others or speaking out of turn, which is an unacceptable school practice, and teachers view this behavior as disruptive and inappropriate. Anglo Americans place a high value on allowing one person at a time to speak to indicate respect for an individual.

In the classroom, Black students power play by loud talking or back-talking to make teachers lose their cool and get the last word in. Black students believe teachers show them respect by addressing them as Mr., Mrs., Sir, or Ma’am.

What is a nonverbal characteristics that can influence teacher-student classroom relationships which ultimately impacts student performance?

Colleges teach teachers to ensure there is a distance between themselves and the students so the teacher can maintain discipline in the classroom. European Americans are more likely to have close social distance with Mexican Americans when compared to Blacks and prefer to keep their personal space at arm’s length. Hispanic Americans stand close to or side by side instead of face-to-face when talking to another person. Hispanic Americans stand 6 to 8 inches within an arm’s length when talking to another person. Latinos interact at a close distance and frequently touch one another. Latino Americans prefer closer standing distances when compared to North Americans.

Blacks prefer closer social distance when compared to Mexican Americans. Blacks are more likely to touch each other in a conversation when compared to Whites. Individuals who perceive a proximity violator as someone who will provide them with negative rewards will react negatively when the proximity violator moves closer. Maintaining the appropriate or comfortable proximity is associated with a positive effect, friendship, and attraction.

Teachers can overcome the complications associated with verbal and nonverbal behavior expectations and improve student performance by promoting positive racial teacher student classroom relationships (Properateasclaships). Teachers can develop classroom relationships which ultimately impact student performance.

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Racism is a menace and so we’ve been taught for ages which is the primary need for a diversity expert. However, even in this modern society of today where we see a lot of colored celebrities performing on stage with huge fan followings and of course an Afro-America President for the USA, we are still in a phase where racism exists in all its brutal glory and has been eating away at the society like a plague. Classrooms, are one of the most affected areas where color differences and racism exists to its extremes. Even after decades of progress and a lot of communal efforts at bridging the gaps between colored students, white students and teachers, it is sad to say that the disparities still exist and are just as pronounced today as they were back in the 1950s. Colored students, even in the likes of New York City, are attending under resourced schools or have been significantly isolated and made to be unequal in regular schools. Even if the teachers are well-intentioned, perpetuating the structural racism that has taken deep roots into the fabric of our education system is a tough task and make the need for a diversity expert imperative. Teachers need to recognize the biases that exist within the classroom and also take conscious measures to address them and their own biases of course. James Baldwin once said, “it is your very own responsibility to change this society, if you think of yourself as an educated person.” Dr. Derrick L. Campbell took this quote very effectively and straight to the heart and thus this Classroom Racism Exterminator happened. Classroom Racism Exterminator is an initiative that will teach you about your duty and moral obligation towards eliminating racism from the classrooms. This is where and how you will learn about what you need to do to produce a better society that is free of biases and disparities amongst the blacks and the whites. Because we understand how classroom biases and conversations about racism are difficult and how teachers and students almost avoid the topics altogether, we have put together a range of effective methods and products to help address the problem at hand and talk meaningfully to counter issues related to race and racism in the classroom. Diversity expert Dr. Campbell understands that it takes a lot of courage to talk about race and racism and that racial issues need to be viewed through a very critical lens that can understand and attend to the pertaining aspects of racism in the classroom. And therefore through this website we have made a conscious effort to eliminate racism from the classroom and make the educational system equal and beneficial for all. We know and we understand that there are no words that can actually describe how racism feels. There are cases and everybody tends to deal with it in their own manner. Some might lash out verbally or others might just withdraw into shells. Whatever the case, people don’t talk about it openly and teachers don’t really make a conscious effort at addressing the issue. We don’t really know if our children or if the youth is learning to be educated or become racists in their classroom. Our program is focused on helping children of color and regardless of their race, their full potential. We want every student to be able to recognize and reach their full potential so that they think of themselves as responsible citizens of their country and not regard themselves as worthless human beings. Here you will find motivational books and flash card games, all of which have been designed focusing on eliminating racism completely from our classrooms. The books and the games have been consciously designed keeping in mind the American society and educational system. It is a small effort on our and Dr. Campbell’s part to help this society become a better place to live in. A little about diversity expert Dr. Campbell Dr. Derrick L. Campbell the driving force behind Classroom Racism Exterminator is a dynamic figure and a constant source of motivation for us. He has a Bachelors of Science in Electronics Engineering Technology, Math Education, a Masters in Education Administration and also holds a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership. Dr. Campbell is a well known personality throughout the nation. He has lectured at various events including the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Iron Sharpens Iron Men’s Conference and a lot of local churches. He is a personality well dedicated towards eliminating the plague of racism from our classrooms and helping every child recognize his/her true potential not the color of their skin. He realizes how a child would feel if he/she was made to think they are worthless human beings. Diversity expert Dr. Campbell is compassionate and related to the experiences and therefore this initiative is a constant and continual effort to eliminate racism manifested in us, completely from the classroom and from our society.
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