How is sociology helpful for a teacher?

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Sociology is the study of the social relationships of people and organizations. Teachers and students do not function in a vacuum, but in the social relationships of their milieu. Therefore, sociology is of profound importance to a teacher. First, a good teacher needs to understand how his or her own students' sociological backgrounds have an impact on their educational experience, second, the teacher needs to attend to the sociology of the classroom as an organizational entity, and third, the teacher is empowered by having insight into the sociological environment of the school and the school district. 

Students come from a variety of sociological backgrounds, and in order to connect and engage with each student, the teacher must have some understanding of those backgrounds. This enables the teacher to best tailor learning to meet each student's particular needs.  A student from an impoverished home and a student from a wealthy home are likely to have significant differences, for...

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