The Effect of Teacher/Student Relationship on Learning Essay

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The Effect of Teacher/Student Relationship on Learning

There are many controversies when it comes to the relationship between teachers and students. However, one idea remains, the teacher's primary job is to educate while the student's primary job is to learn. The techniques are what differ among teachers and in turn that shapes the relationship between the two parties. As many of the writers discussed in class, have pointed out, the education experience, from curriculum to academic and extra-curricular programs directs a person's path in life. Is this relationship among teacher and student that important to discuss and analyze? Does a student's education depend on the techniques of the teacher? Alternatively, do students have a
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In hooks' opinion, the teacher's response to the student's welfare plays a vital role in the student's self-concept and self-awareness. Experiences at Stanford led hooks to believe that her fellow students were not like her and the professors she had never acknowledged the differences among social classes. This phenomenon bothered hooks and caused her to take on the role of an educator, traveling to different universities discussing the differences and adverse effects of social classes in education. In her case, the distant relationship she had with her professors gave her motivation to be a more open, "self-realized," realistic educator (87).

When hooks lectures she speaks with confidence and ease. She uses simple language but not to be confused as many do, with ignorance (89). In her own words, "I make eye-contact, talk extemporaneously, digress, and address the audience directly" (89). With this type of technique, hooks is often placed in an "anti-intellectual, unprofessional, unprepared" category and accused of "reinforcing the stereotype of black as non-theoretical and gutsy" (89). Contrary to those beliefs, her students and audiences are impressed by her realism and openly share their personal experiences with hooks. She mentions one student telling the painful truth of her drug-addicted father living on the streets. This type of relationship offers
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