How Teachers Perceive Students
|Above copied from Comic Strip of the Day|
- The ability in both math and reading of children who are inattentive are often underestimated by teachers.
- The ability in both math and reading of children who exhibit defiant behavior are often overestimated by teachers.
- Social skills may protect a child against low teacher expectations for academic performance.
A teacher's perception is significant as noted in the above excerpt. It influences academic performance for multiple years. Teaching involves making judgments. Teacher training in this aspect is especially important for instructors in the early years of basic education. How teachers form their perceptions needs to be addressed and of course, specific training in the area of choosing appropriate support or intervention is warranted especially when the instruction is guided by where the learner stands.