View Poll Results: What factors can a teacher control in regards to the student?

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  • Motivation

    17 60.71%
  • Ability

    5 17.86%
  • Attention

    20 71.43%
  • Respect/Rule Following

    25 89.29%
  • Stress (from homelife or other)

    10 35.71%
  • Effort

    10 35.71%
  • Health/Nutrition

    5 17.86%
  • Curriculum/Lesson Plan

    24 85.71%
  • Student/Parental Expectations

    13 46.43%
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    What can a teacher control?

    What educational factors does a teacher have the power to control?

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    Re: What can a teacher control?

    Of those - all but motivation, effort, and expectations. Ultimately those belong to the student. You can lead a horse to water...

    The rest, I'd argue that the teacher has significant input on.

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    Re: What can a teacher control?

    All of them except ability and stress from home life are at least partially within the teacher's control. Some to greater degrees than others. And it really depends on the grade level too...elementary school teachers can have a greater impact on many of those variables than high school teachers can.
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    Re: What can a teacher control?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    All of them except ability and stress from home life are at least partially within the teacher's control. Some to greater degrees than others. And it really depends on the grade level too...elementary school teachers can have a greater impact on many of those variables than high school teachers can.
    that was my experience. by the time they get to high school they are pretty much set. if they aren't motivated by then there is not much a teacher can do.

    As a HS teacher about all you can really significantly impact is rule following and respect...if you are consistent. you can impact most of the others to a small degree
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    Re: What can a teacher control?

    In high school, the more that teachers tried to show respect, compassion, and understanding to students, and the more they fostered creative thinking, the more I paid attention in their classes.

    The more they acted like militant rule enforcers with strict models of learning and result expectations, the less I came to class.

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    Re: What can a teacher control?

    I went with all except Ability, Effort, and Student/Parental Expectations.

    With the caveat that most of the others (all except Curriculum/Lesson Plan, really) are not exactly direct control, but rather influence.

    A teacher can have some degree of influence on the student in those areas, but cannot directly control such.

    And in my mind, a good teacher will be able to exert more influence in areas such as Motivation and Respect/Rule Following, as opposed to a bad teacher.

    Edit: Perhaps I should have chosen Effort and Student/Parental Expectations as well... A teacher might have some degree of influence on those areas as well.
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    Re: What can a teacher control?

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    What educational factors does a teacher have the power to control?
    Power to control?, none of them. Influence, all of them to some degree or other...
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    Re: What can a teacher control?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gipper View Post
    Of those - all but motivation, effort, and expectations. Ultimately those belong to the student. You can lead a horse to water...

    The rest, I'd argue that the teacher has significant input on.
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    Re: What can a teacher control?

    I just wanted to point out there is a difference between control, and influence.
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    Re: What can a teacher control?

    Quote Originally Posted by repeter View Post
    I just wanted to point out there is a difference between control, and influence.
    I think it's semantics, but I get what you're saying.
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