Many TN students cling on to their teachers, even when he or she is transferred out of the state. While it’s good that some TN teachers know how to survive in another state, there are also many who don’t have the proper support network in place and find themselves working in a classroom full of other TN students.
This isn’t an isolated situation, especially after a school moves into new classrooms or after a new teacher is hired. In Tennessee, teachers have to wait to move from one position to another. Teachers can’t simply just quit and move to another state because they feel that the schools aren’t treating them fairly.
Sometimes this means that when the school district announces that a teacher is leaving and moving to another state, TN students will take their resentment out on the person who is leaving and may refuse to accept his or her transfer if he or she doesn’t move along. They may refuse to work with the new teacher, which can cause much frustration and emotional stress for the teacher as well.
Often times, students cling to their teachers for a variety of reasons, including fear. Some students might have a fear of the new teacher, while others may have a fear of being left out and alienated by the new class size and/or method of teaching.
Some teachers are not happy with the new teacher either. If a teacher is not happy about his or her role at a school, it’s possible that he or she will choose to stay for one more term and work in the same classroom until things get back to normal.
Sometimes, students may be jealous of other students and cling to their teacher because of the classroom dynamics that they feel they are accustomed to. When the teacher leaves the classroom, those students will feel lonely without their beloved teacher, and they might resist the changes and stick to the old ways if they are unsure that things will be different when the new teacher comes in.
Sometimes, other students will even resent the changes and refuse to let go of their teacher. On account of their own personality traits, beliefs, and expectations. That’s why it’s so important for teachers to find out what students want before they can change.
A teacher should learn what students want before making any changes in their classroom behaviors, especially those that are made in reaction to his or her teacher’s behavior. Teachers who don’t understand these desires can’t make them successful and can end up making them resentful. They won’t accept the teacher’s change.
Often times, when students cling to their teachers, they are resentful of the teacher’s failure to meet expectations and his or her own failures. It’s not hard for them to see the shortcomings of the teacher if they’ve been trying to do it yourself all along.
One way that teachers can help their students accept and make their new teacher comfortable is to give them a chance to try new ways of teaching. In fact, a great teacher must first be willing to try new things and change old ways if the student wants to change.
If a teacher tries to do too much, but does not follow the district’s guidelines for doing things, the student may decide not to like him or her and will often be tempted to hold firm on him or her. This creates resentment.
Sometimes, the teacher needs to show his or her students that he or she can adapt to new ways. By showing students that they can adjust to a change, they may realize that they can deal with changes themselves. They will begin to relax. Loosen up and enjoy the new teacher.