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Three Elements of the Student-Teacher Relationship
« on: June 01, 2013, 03:52:17 PM »
The relationship between student and teacher, if it is to be maximally productive, must reflect certain attitudes and commitments of each to the other. Specifically, three elements must exist in a student's relationship to a teacher:

First, the student must respect his or her teacher and hold him in the highest esteem, for this is a necessary prerequisite to accepting his advice. Regarding someone who is only giving factual information, and not assuming the role of mentor, this condition becomes less critical. In relation to a spiritual advisor, however, the student needs to feel deference and admiration, for this creates a willingness and desire to receive the teacher's instruction, even though this instruction may be uncomfortable and disconcerting at times.

Secondly, the student must trust the teacher's concern. The student must believe that the teacher always has his or her best interests in mind. If the student would sense some ulterior motive, some self interest, or even carelessness in the teacher’s instruction, he or she would not be able to surrender whole heartedly to the teacher's advice, and this would make the entire exchange meaningless.

Finally, the student must commit himself or herself to following the instruction with utmost discipline, for only then can the intended effect be realized. Just as a doctor's orders must be followed precisely, since failure to do so could cause more harm than good, so a teacher's "prescription" must be obeyed with equal conscientiousness and deference to his superior knowledge and authority.

The teacher also has three levels of responsibility to his students in relation to giving advice:

The first is fulfillment of the prerequisite of getting to know his/her students individually, to probe the innermost depths of their hearts as well as examining the outer details of their lives. As the teacher's familiarity grows, so the potency of his advice deepens proportionately.

Secondly, the teacher must express love and affection toward his students. It is this affection that dissolves the students' natural tendency to resist being told what to do. Thus, the advice can penetrate more deeply and effectively

Finally, the teacher must take time to reflect upon his/her students' progress, refining and adjusting his vision of how best to influence them toward positive change. This is an ongoing requirement because students quickly "outgrow" old advice, and the categories of what is beautiful and what is ugly change with each new stage of growth.

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Re: Three Elements of the Student-Teacher Relationship
« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2013, 03:14:36 PM »
nice post madam....thanks for sharing.

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Re: Three Elements of the Student-Teacher Relationship
« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2013, 03:41:57 PM »
my pleasure madam..

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Re: Three Elements of the Student-Teacher Relationship
« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2013, 03:49:03 PM »
Really a nice post..... :) thanks madam
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Re: Three Elements of the Student-Teacher Relationship
« Reply #4 on: June 04, 2013, 10:45:05 AM »
good post. thank you.
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Re: Three Elements of the Student-Teacher Relationship
« Reply #5 on: June 04, 2013, 11:01:29 AM »
As a student. i think a teacher can change the life of a student...........nice sharing mam.....
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