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Giving our students the respect they deserve will improve their performance, our mutual interactions, and our satisfaction as teachers. This is obvious to many TPT readers, but there are times when we all, myself included, forget. There are times when our judgment is clouded by institutional culture, or our best intentions are subverted by the vexations of our roles as instructors. This essay is based on my own experience teaching physics (primarily at a public urban university, primarily at the introductory level), and on conversations with many colleagues here and elsewhere. I hope this essay will serve as a reminder to all of us that we must treat our students with respect, and that the rewards of doing so are worth the effort of rethinking some of our behaviors. This essay is not an indictment of every physics course. Many of us have excellent working relationships with our students. This is not about blaming faculty. Our students, our administrators, and the history of physics instruction all contribute to the lapses in respect that occur. This is certainly not an argument to make physics easier. Rather, this essay is an effort to explore how our teacher-student relationships fall short of ideal, the reasons behind these shortcomings, and the ways we can improve.
The Physics Teacher: Volume 53, Issue 7, Pages 412-414
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Motivational Theory, growth mindset, physics identity
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A. Gavrin, , Phys. Teach. 53 (7), 412 (2015), WWW Document, (https://doi.org/10.1119/1.4931009).
A. Gavrin, Respecting Our Students, Phys. Teach. 53 (7), 412 (2015), <https://doi.org/10.1119/1.4931009>.
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Gavrin, A. (2015, September 17). Respecting Our Students. Phys. Teach., 53(7), 412-414. Retrieved May 28, 2024, from https://doi.org/10.1119/1.4931009
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Gavrin, Andrew. "Respecting Our Students." Phys. Teach. 53, no. 7, (September 17, 2015): 412-414, https://doi.org/10.1119/1.4931009 (accessed 28 May 2024).
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Gavrin, Andrew. "Respecting Our Students." Phys. Teach. 53.7 (2015): 412-414. 28 May 2024 <https://doi.org/10.1119/1.4931009>.
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