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Solving ProbsCan teachers invlove in problems of students. WHY ? explain it briefly

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suvetha | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted March 24, 2012 at 9:17 PM via web

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Can teachers invlove in problems of students. WHY ? explain it briefly

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pacorz | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted March 24, 2012 at 9:57 PM (Answer #2)

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Well, it depends on the problem. In the US, there are laws that require teachers to report certain problems (for instance child abuse) to authorities. There are also legal limits on how much advice a teacher can give, and on what matters - for instance, giving legal or medical advice may be illegal, beyond telling the student that they need to talk to a professional.

If you are referring to more mundane problems such as a fight with a friend, then yes, many teachers are willing to give advice. However most teachers are not trained in psychological counseling, so there may come a point where a teacher has to suggest that students see the guidance counselor for more professional advice.

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mwalter822 | Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted March 24, 2012 at 10:17 PM (Answer #3)

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When talking to students about personal problems it is extremely important to remember to keep everything at a professional level. Conversations should take place at school and face-to-face. I would suggest never engaging in any electronic communication (phone calls, texting, emailing) that is not directly related the academic aspect of the teacher's relationship to the student. This is because it is very easy for a student to begin to consider a teacher a "friend" and change his/her expectations about the teacher.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 24, 2012 at 10:34 PM (Answer #4)

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Certainly they can.  Particularly in smaller schools, students will often have good relations with one or more teachers.  The students can sometimes talk to the teachers about issues that are important to them but which they are (perhaps) unwilling to talk to parents about.  Teachers can at least provide a sympathetic ear and perhaps a bit of adult advice.  However, teachers should of course not get too involved.

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 25, 2012 at 8:53 AM (Answer #5)

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I think that most students can find at least one teacher to confide in and problem-solve with. I would like to think this is true! Teachers cannot solve problems for their students, and they shouldn't do so. What teachers should do is be there to listen, and students can bounce ideas off of them, so that students can work out their problems on their own. Being there to listen is often the most important part!
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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 25, 2012 at 11:16 PM (Answer #6)

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Teachers should be involved with the problems of their students, at least to a certain degree, and this is sometimes when teachers must decide where to draw the line between scholastic and personal involvement. Guidance counselors are best for problems that arise outside the classroom, though concerned teachers often go the extra mile in helping students with their personal problems.

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wannam | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted March 26, 2012 at 11:43 PM (Answer #7)

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I think it depends on the relationship between the teacher and the students.  It is important to keep things professional and not become overly involved.  For instance, I would never insert myself in the situation by approaching a student someone had spoken to me about.  That is not my place.  However, many of my students didn't have anyone else to talk to.  Sometimes, after school tutoring was a safe place to discuss problems at school.  I listened and would sometimes offer advice (when asked and when it was appropriate).  The students knew they could talk to me but that I wasn't there to solve their problems for them.  If a student needed help speaking to another student, I would certainly involve a guidance counselor.  I would not consider myself a trained mediator.  Whether or not a teacher should be involved in a problem really depends on the problem and the student.

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start | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 3) eNoter

Posted April 10, 2012 at 4:36 PM (Answer #8)

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I believe that a teachers involvement in a students life is important at times. Some students have social problems, fightings, emotional problems and so on.. and, they don't have somone to talk to. So teachers are the ones to approach, becasue there's always some advice a teacher can give.

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scorpio37 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted April 10, 2012 at 5:03 PM (Answer #9)

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Teachers are human who've gone through the very same problems as we have. Ans staying with us students, they always have in mind thier times of childhood. The would always know what's best and what consequences could be caused by doing something we might think is right at moments when we r too confused to figure out any thing at all. Also, when teachers get friendly, for students its like having a friend who's certain to u take u on the right path.
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