Teachers’ bias limits potential: How do we change students’ mindset?

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Students tend to do better in school if they were given positive feedback and further encouragement in terms of their academic potential. Thus, teachers' bias limits students potential to do well. Read on to know how to counter this problem by providing positive reinforcement to your child.

A teacher’s expectations affect his interactions with the students he teaches in many ways. As teachers’ bias affects students’ behaviours academically both positively and negatively, there should be an improvement in teacher-student interaction, including body language i.e. consistently nodding and smiling at them more.

According to a study on elementary school in San Francisco, students who were labelled “intelligent” in teachers’ minds showed significantly better results in academic tests than those who were not singled out for positive attention. Other studies from the Centre for American Progress in US, National Institute of Education (NIE) in Singapore and Australia schools confirm that the expectations of teachers showed a very strong predictive relationship with the outcome of doing well academically.

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