When talking about an educational habitat, it can be important to really take a good long look at that term. When dealing with a habitat we aren’t talking simply about what someone calls their home or their living area. We are talking about a section of the world where people, in this case the students, teachers, school administrators and on down the line feel most comfortable.
Comfort in an educational habitat means learning and learning in a way that includes everyone involved in the educational process to feel as though they have helped in some small way. One way this education habitat can feel like a safe zone for struggling students is for the teachers to take an active role in the success or failure of the child. While some might say that is already being done, there have been studies which show that now more than ever teachers feel as though they are doing too much, not too little when it comes to educating children. The fact that education standards continue to fall shows that there may a disconnect here of epic proportions. Teachers need to realize that when a child is struggling in a subject it does not necessarily mean that the student has no interest in learning. It can mean that in a world that is telling most kids they should already know everything they need; this particular student is out of place.
Staying after school and offering up some of a teacher’s free time can mean the difference between reaching these students and showing them that I don’t know is acceptable to say as long as the following statement is but I want to. Teachers who offer up their free time are more likely to have students come to them looking for help and guidance than those who stop teaching when the day’s final bell rings.