Do teachers impact how students view education and school?

The effects of learning methods and non-motivational teachers

Do teachers impact how students view education and school?

We all start to learn from the day we are born; sometimes we don’t realize it, but education is not just reading textbooks and doing complex things one could find pointless. Most people dread waking up to go to school to expand their education; maybe it’s the long hours of school, the peers one has to be with every semester, or just because of the teachers themselves but every student views school and education differently.

At North Hollywood High School one of the catchphrases many people hear daily from school announcements is that the goal of NHHS is to have “every student graduate college ready”. What the catchphrase means is that this school is ready to provide every student with the education they need to graduate and pursue their careers. 

The way teachers act and teach their students can negatively or positively affect the way a student views education because although we can all learn, not everyone has the resources. If the teachers discourage or overwhelm the students, it causes students to view school in a bad light.

When asked about her opinion on her school and her teachers, Briseida Lopez, a senior student from NHHS states “Honestly, my teachers are good teachers but some leave too much work, and it stresses me out” and “It can be very stressful at times, especially during the end of the semester and on finals.” 

Jazmin Lopez a sophomore student from NHHS states “Teachers need to have more patience with students, some teachers just focus on continuing with finishing lectures and don’t let students have their time to learn the topic.” All these students need to learn from 6 different periods, and it becomes overwhelming for them, especially those in honors or AP classes, to catch up with work, study, and turn everything in on time.

The way most teachers teach their students is with slide shows, reading from the textbook, and completing weekly quizzes or tests. Although this method can work for some students, others can have difficulty catching up, or when they finally understand the chapter or a topic they switch to another and start the cycle again.

Ms. Ardagna, a teacher from NHHS encourages social teaching, students do daily seat changes, and group projects; work with groups, and have opportunities to express their own opinion. This method encourages students to be more social with their peers and talk a lot, which causes students to not have a problem with a few minutes of silence when needed.

Ms. Benitez, a teacher from both NHHS and Zoo Magnet, encourages kinesthetic teaching; students from her class get to do many school trips, projects with first-hand experience, and opportunities to not just stay in their classroom. This causes students to be able to focus more since some students have a problem with sitting still and reading about the lesson. 

Many teachers have ways of teaching their students, topics, and materials differently from the norm, but their main goal is to give all their students the education they need. Most of the time schools are the primary source of education for everyone, but if teachers dislike their students and don’t put effort into their lessons, it won’t encourage students to learn.