By Mekenzie Burse
Having personal relationships with your teacher can help you to stay focused in class, turn work in on time and pay attention. Although, some say they don't think their teachers care about them and that they’re just here to work, students tend to improve more in school when they have somebody they can talk to especially to caring teachers.
Ms. Ramos, a Spanish teacher here at Independence says, “I think majority of teachers really care about their students, but we don't know how to project that sometimes because students may think a teacher caring about them is us being lenient, but in our perspective its teaching and making sure they understand what's going on.”
Students usually think a teacher cares about them when they let them go to the bathroom whenever they want or not marking them tardy when late, but there are different perspectives on caring about somebody.
Academic wise, teachers want to make sure all their students really understanding what's being taught to them. Teachers want to make it as easy as possible for students to get into good colleges. Socially, a lot of teachers don't know their students outside of school, that’s where advisors, counselors and the Dean of Students comes in.
Mr. Campbell, the Dean of Students at Independence High School says, “ I would say most teachers care about their students. In the experience I've had at any school that I've gone to, its hard to be in this position, in this field without caring about your students because it's just too difficult not to.”
As students, we all develop some sort of bond with our teachers. We feel safe in their class, confident to speak up even we are confused, or just plainly comfortable. It's important that teachers feel the same way towards us so that we continue feeling the reassurance that we have the resources we need in order to succeed.
Mr. Campbell also says, “In my ideal world, when a student comes to me with a problem, I try to solve that problem by working with everybody together.” Caring about your students as a Dean of Students requires a lot of compromise. Just like being a regular teacher, students won't get exactly what they want, so most teachers try their best to make their assignments shorter, but efficient, since they are aware of how much homework students get.