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West 1 Kaitlyn West English 111 Borowiak AMS Lack of Student to Teacher Involvement Student to teacher involvement is when

the teacher takes time to get to know each one of their students, and vice versa. Students especially like to know that they can go to and trust their teacher whether it involves school or outside of school probloems.The reality is when it comes to the teachers and students there tends to be misunderstandings. People always seem to hear from the students Mrs. Smith didnt explain it good enough or Mrs. Smith didnt help me at all if I had any questions but then you as the parent, hear the teachers point of view which they claim that the student have not asked for help at all, or else the teacher would be more than happy to help. The lack of student to teacher involvement is starting to decline due to the fact of misunderstandings and lack of communication from students to teachers. Teacher involvement is very important to have starting at a students early age. Jahn Hughes, the author of Influence of StudentTeacher and Parent Teacher Relationships on Lower Achieving Readers argues, It is well established that the quality of childrens relationships with their teachers in the early grades has important implications for childrens concurrent and future academic and behavioral adjustment (Hughes). Hughes has stated a few different theorys on the lack of student to teacher involvement. One being that girls are more likely to have a better relationship with teachers than boys because boys are less conforming and self-regulated than girls are. As with another reasoning could be ethnic groups. Studies have shown that if you as the student are the same race and/or ethnic group as your teacher, the teacher will consider you as one of their own and automatically be closer with their students and give them more attention.

West 2 The finding that African American children experience less supportive relationships with teachers may also be explained by racial differences in behavioral orientation and academic task engagement. Because African American children are less conforming and more active than Caucasian children, at school entrance teachers interactions with African American students may be characterized by more criticism and less support (Hughes). Hughes has also made another great point that the students lack of interaction with the teacher could be related to the lack of interaction and communication at home with their parents, so it just carrys on in school because that is what they are use too. People tend to say that how a student is (even in school) is the parents responsibility because they raised them. That is not at always the case because a teacher has an ability of shaping a student as well, with how much time is spent with them. Unlike Hughes, mostly blaming the students for the lack of interaction, James Kirkup, author of Teachers to blame for lack of ambition among pupils illustrates it is more of the teachers fault more than anything. He believes that the teacher should interact and include all children, no matter their gender or ethnic group. Teachers, colleges, and careers advisers have a role and a responsibility to aim for the stars and to encourage people to believe they can reach the top in education and employment (Kirkup). Kirkup states that teachers seem to be having low expectations for their students, when teachers should have nothing but high hopes for students. If a student isnt getting the necessary attention and/or help from a teacher, or even a parent at home the student begins to think that they cant do anything good or exceed expectations. Not every experience is there a lack of interaction. In the article Why Learn? What We May Really Be Teaching Students written by John Tagg, is actually the complete opposite. Jack is the student that always studied all the time, did great on tests, and in the end got an

West 3 excellent grade in the class. Jill flunked out of the class, but in the end, ended up getting more out of it than Jack had. When the class was over Jill communicated with the teacher on what exactly she had to do to do better. Not only did she get the information for just the class, but also the knowledge to take with her in the real world. Jack just wanted the passing grade, so he didnt get much out of it as an actual learning experience like Jill did. Jill taking it upon herself to communicate with the teacher on what she had to do for the future shows real initiative behind her and a lot of support and positivity with that teacher. If you look back between both Hughes and Taggs articles, you would see some comparison. Hughes explains how boys have the most difficult time communicating with their teachers. Tagg explains how Jack over all did better in the class, but when his teacher a year later asked him to take a test jack explained that he did not remember everything. A lot of this scenario goes with different ways people learn but it also ties in with communication. If Jack would have asked his teacher more questions and for help along the way like Jill did, he would have been more successful as well. In conclusion, it takes both the teacher and the student to try to involve themselves with one another. The student should show interest that they are there to learn, and are willing to take advice from the teacher and not just show no interest at all. As with the teacher, they shouldnt show favoritism whether it be with gender or ethnicity. All these specific articles show different ways on how the lack of student to teacher involvement is handled. They all have their similarities, but mostly differences. If student to teacher involvement was improved we would have a higher success rate and not so much negativity whether it be from a student or teacher. Although both teachers and students are noticing the problem with communication nobody is doing anything to try to resolve this issue. If teachers took more time to get to know

West 4 their students it is more likely that the students would feel more comfortable and have a better relationship with the teacher and have a higher success rate.

West 5 Works Cited Hughes, Jahn. "Influence of StudentTeacher and ParentTeacher Relationships on Lower Achieving Readers Engagement and Achievement in the Primary Grades."NCBI. U.S. National Library of Medicine, n.d. Web. 27 Oct. 2013. Kirkup, James. "Teachers 'to Blame' for Lack of Ambition among Pupils." The Telegraph. N.p., 27 Oct. 2013. Web. 27 Oct. 2013. Tagg, John. "Why Learn? What We May really Be Teaching Students." About Campus. (March-April 2004): 5-12 Print. "How to Keep Kids Engaged in Class." Edutopia. N.p., 27 Oct. 2013. Web. 27 Oct. 2013.