One must admit that the teacher is the pivotal point in the system of education. Trends in education have undergone a change in the last few decades. Accordingly, the role of a teacher has changed. The mind-set of students has also changed. Students have become acutely aware of the competition in the world. They are more ambitious and work hard to achieve their career goals. In order to fulfill their ambitions in life, they know that education is important for them. They focus on their aims in life and join colleges with certain expectations. If they do not get what they expect, it is natural for them to react strongly. After all, they dedicate a certain period of their life to achieve something; they pay huge amounts of fees and are prepared to work hard. All the efforts are wasted if students do not get what they want.
10 things that enable teachers to match expectations of their students:
- Students attend classes so that they can get something valuable. They do not want the teachers to spoon feed them; at a higher education level, it is enough if teachers show the direction in which to proceed. Teachers must tell students how and where they can get information about their subject. Teachers must give details of resources.
- College students are grown up and wish to be treated with due respect. The spirit of youth adds strength to their ego and a little harsh word or humiliation in public especially among their colleagues can hurt students intensely. Their age is responsible for their impatience and aggressive nature; teachers must understand their psychology and be very patient and controlled.
- Teachers must go to the class well-prepared. Students must not get an impression that the time in the class session is wasteful. If the teacher has good knowledge of the subject, he can engage the students in an interesting discussion. Teachers must give the students an opportunity to express their views. Instead of a lecture method which is one-way, students prefer an open discussion.
- Teachers must show their passion for learning, knowledge an involvement in the subject. Teachers who are detached and disinterested cannot expect students to develop interest in the subject.
- Teachers should not pose as if they have complete knowledge. False pride and superiority complex is something that college students do not appreciate. Teachers must be practical, open minded and modest.
- Teachers must keep a distance from the students and be reserved. They must not be very free with students. Especially, they must not show a bias or prejudice regarding a particular student or students. Teachers must practice equality, treat all students in the same way, and have a democratic attitude.
- If a student does something noteworthy, the teacher must remember to praise the student and appreciate his performance. A little good word from the teacher is very encouraging for the students.
- Teachers must not criticize students harshly. Even if they have to reprimand a student, teachers should call the individual student and speak to him privately. Scolding students is the presence of their friends is very humiliating for students.
- Teachers can ask a few personal questions without sounding very inquisitive. If students feel that the teacher has a genuine interest in his/her life, it helps to promote positive relationship between students and teachers which can be beneficial.
- Last but not the least, a college teaching-learning session must be a vital, enthusiastic interactive session that stimulates and motivates students. It must be a healthy exchange of ideas, encouraging a little competitive spirit, yet a team endeavor that is focused on gaining knowledge.
Teaching college students is a challenge for teachers. If they wish to remain in the good books of students, they must meet and match the expectations of students.