Chapter 9 Impression: Option 1

Since we spend most of our early lives in a school setting, peers and teacher interactions can greatly shape how we view our own intelligence.

I have had lots of educators from kindergarten to my freshman year in college. I can count on one hand just how many of them actually had a positive effect on me. Lots of teachers do not realize how much their attitudes towards classes can impact the students attitudes toward a class. Taking a class you like, but having an unenthusiastic teacher, can change the way you feel towards the class. If you are taking a class you dislike, for me it was English, AND you have a “bad” teacher, it makes the class dreadful. This can inhibit the way we view our intelligence because it can affect classroom performance.

A lot of students often feel that their teachers are only there to do their jobs and leave, and that they do not care about our well being. This is where my one hand of teachers comes in. They are teachers who are willing to go out of their way to help students. They have been able to show me my academic and personal strengths as well as making me feel more confident in my own work.

I came from a small catholic high school 10 minutes outside of Philadelphia. To critique the school system for me would be to critique the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Especially in my high school, the way the Arch handles student-teacher problems, and how teachers constantly get moved from school to school really impacts the students.

2 thoughts on “Chapter 9 Impression: Option 1

  1. I agree with the fact that teachers can really have a positive or negative affect on us. I’ve had teachers in the past that were clearly only there for the paycheck, and it really showed. I also agree with you statement that “Lots of teachers do not realize how much their attitudes towards classes can impact the students attitudes toward a class”. One of my teachers clearly did not want to be there, and it showed. It made me not want to be there even more, and there were times where I would lose motivation because if she didn’t want to be there, it showed she didn’t care, so why should I. With Spearmen’s two factor theory, the g factor would be the teacher’s attitude of not wanting to be there. The s factors would be my lack of motivation, my suffering grade at some points, and my eagerness to leaveThe specific tasks would be homework, not paying attention, etc. This theory that we talked about in class can really apply in situations like this, because a bunch of little factors are being affected by one big factor. Math was never my favorite class, and having a teacher that wasn’t helpful really impacted my mood towards the class. I’ve also had teachers that have been extremely passionate about their job and helping others, and that too affected my motivation and my higher grades. In Sternberg’s Triarchic theory, I feel like experiment-practical would be applicable here, because I had to adapt to the environment of my teachers being helpful, or my teacher’s not caring. So, this theory of intelligence could show why I maybe struggled in some classes-not because I wasn’t good enough, but because I had a hard time adapting to not being helped by teachers when I needed it. Overall the blog post above is very good, and I agree with the fact that teachers really to have an impact on us.


  2. I agree that the attitude of the teacher has a great impact on how well the class goes. But sometimes you have to take into account your own attitude. Often times I had some teachers that I was not fond of but it doesn’t determine how well you’ll do in the class, you just have to do your part and hope for the best. As we learned in class today, teachers have a large impact on how well students do. There was a study where students were randomly selected and the teachers were told they had the highest test scores and will succeed more. By the end of the year, those students were at the top of their class, even though they were randomly selected. This was attributed to the fact that the teacher had higher expectations of those students and paid more attention to them. This shows us that having a teacher with high expectations and who is willing to give students extra help, anyone can succeed. But the reason this doesn’t happen for everyone is because of our real test scores. They give teachers a prejudice about how well we will do in the class, even if that score does not accurately reflect our future grade. This prejudice about test scores affects more than teachers, it can even affect what college we get into. The SAT’s are often looked at to evaluate how well that student will do in their first semester at college and is only 30-40% accurate. But as a society, students are judged by these scores and as shown in the study, greatly affected by them. It is not just teachers that can influence your intelligence, it’s society.


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