What Is Student Success

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First and foremost is student success. Success being, student learning and understanding the material presented. It is more than helping them memorize things long enough to get a good exam grade. To know a student is succeeding, he or she will have mastered the material. Once the material is mastered, the exam will come. Do not focus on making sure they can pass a test, so what if they do or do not. Focus on making sure they are learning and growing. If a student cannot succeed in the environment, you are doing it wrong. The teacher is the head of the class and the guider, but the students are the real reason to be there. To reach this goal, a teacher must be open-minded. No one is ever done learning. A teacher should be open to …show more content…
He or she should never give up on teaching, and, most especially, never ever give up on the students. Believe in the children, and let them know they are important, they are brilliant, and they can do and be anything they set their heart and mind to. As the teacher, the best way to do this, is to get to know them, build a relationship with them, and show them they are loved. As a wise person once told me, “If you never do anything else, get to know your kids. The most important thing you can do is to show them you care about them.” If a teacher does not know her kids, she will never be able to communicate with them, much less teach …show more content…
This should be easy if a teacher knows her children. A teacher should always want to see her students become successful. To make sure they can be, one must make her expectations attainable. Teachers should challenge their students and encourage them to do everything they are capable of. One way to do this is to work at a knowledge level and pace the students can keep up with. Yes, there are time limits that things have to be learned in, therefore, make the work that has to be done in the time period a reasonable amount. That being said, the amount of work could be different for certain students. Be it because they are gifted or struggling. If students are struggling, reach out and help them. That does not mean drag them, kicking and screaming over the finish line lost as a goose in a rain storm. A teacher should do everything she can to make sure her students understand the material, but if the kid does not have a desire she cannot force him. She can only reach out to him and his parents and encourage them to seek the extra help he needs. On the other hand, if a student is seeking help, but is lacking prior knowledge, the teacher cannot force the work on the kid and practically do it for her. She must work with her separately to get the child caught up. As Dr. Givan has said many times, “You cannot blame a student’s knowledge on prior teachers or parents or whoever. Whether they pass or fail is on you.”

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