Does an easy or hard teacher offer any real benefit to the students?

By Mister Wilson-Cory The Caterpillar Children’s Books

Surely you have heard teachers referred to as easy or hard. The easy tag usually means that they are somehow student-friendly, and their classes are the student’s popular first choice.  The tag of hard is given to teachers that perhaps most students have not found pleasant, and they desire very much to avoid their classes. But if both teachers are charged with preparing students to learn the same material, then what is the benefit of having an easy or hard teacher?

The easy teacher regardless to the tag must use the same texts books, cover the same general material, and leave the student with similar knowledge of the subject. The student should emerge from the class with prerequisite knowledge for next level or subsequent classes in the offing. These things would indicate that the easy tag has little to do with the teacher’s obligation to the students and to their school organizations. An easy teacher tasked to adequately prepare students can not therefore be less knowledgeable and no less committed. They would no doubt be insulted to hear that they were inferior in the performance of their job.

The hard teacher likewise would take the performance of their jobs serious. And just because they are not the popular choice of teachers, that would not give them some sort of mechanism to make the same material significantly more difficult. Afterall, course requirements usually are presented on a syllabus that has at least been reviewed, and in compliance with a curriculum committee. Of course, teachers have some leeway to require special assignments and to vary the weight given to each test. The time requirement to complete the various task could make the class slightly more difficult but the extra time could also make the information more familiar and easier to remember at test time.

There is no denying that there is something to labeling a teacher as easy or hard. For some a teacher who smiles and is approachable seems to make it easier for them to attend and learn. Other students find the no nonsense and matter a fact approach to be more fit and motivating.  The difference in the teachers is probably related more to the personalities or teaching styles which the teachers themselves may have little power to change even if they wanted to.

The real benefit of teachers to students is to prepare them well for class and future success to the best of their abilities. The students bear most of the responsibility to be well prepared.  This means that the material information and the passage of examinations will ultimately reflect upon the students in the class and beyond it.  Therefore, the students must quickly adjust to the personality and style of the teachers to minimize their negative impact on their performance and maximize the comprehension and regurgitation of the materials.  The students must eliminate the labeling of teachers as hard or easy as a significant factor when the goal is for them to perform proficiently in a class or course. By Mister Wilson-Cory The Caterpillar Children’s Books…

Written by George Wilson

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