Are Poor Grades Correlated with Bad Teacher Performance?

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Published on: Nov. 27, 2019 Expected Reading Time: 3 mins

There are few greater responsibilities that a parent and even society as a whole have, that are more important than protecting and providing for our children and making sure that they are equipped to take on and function productively in the world. One of the ways we do that is through the education system and by sending them to school.


Teachers play a huge role in this responsibility as well which has led some parents and educational experts to ponder the question “What effect does my child’s teacher’s performance have on their grades?”. To try and give a more detailed look at this issue, we came up with a little bit of theory and evidence on both sides of this query:


Teacher Performance and How It Impacts Students’ Grades


There is little doubt that teachers, professors, and other academic instructors can have a varying degree of influence on students all the way from minimum or insignificant to highly impactful. Unfortunately, that highly impactful influence can be either good or bad. There are a number of reasons that a particular teacher might be struggling with establishing an effective means of teaching or encouraging their students.


Perhaps there are personal issues at home that are affecting their in-job functionality. High stress or anxiety levels can also have a huge impact. Regardless of the reason, teachers are cable of being incredible motivators and de-motivators for the members of the classroom that they are responsible for educating each and every day.


Other Factors in Student Performance


Student performance isn’t something that can be placed squarely on the shoulders of one group of people responsible for teaching kids, in a world filled with all other types of distractions and issues that a child growing up might have to deal with. To go over a few of those possible causes and discuss their impact on a student’s grades, we offer this short list of alternative concerns:


1. A Learning Disability

Many times when the learning disability is more subtle or less identifiable, children can struggle with maintaining their grades all the way from when they first begin school. 


2. ADD or ADHD

Another possibility that can sometimes go unnoticed in milder cases is ADD or ADHD. While they both have attention and focus difficulties at the center of the disorder, ADHD includes a “physical” short attention span as well in the form of periodic or continual hyperactive behavior. This usually leads to an underachieving performance in class.


3. Lack of Proper Sleep

One that sometimes people don’t realize the importance of is making sure that a child is getting the proper amount of rest. We actually need different amounts of sleep at numerous different stages between newborns and college-aged young adults. This just so happens to include all of the ages that they are being graded at.


4. Poor Diet or Nutrition

Focus and concentration, as well as energy levels, are all highly influenced by the types and amounts of food a child eats. Healthy and lean meats or fish, vegetables, fruit, and whole grains are recommended to help students stay engaged.


5. Bullying 

Many children are occasional, frequent, or continual victims of bullying. And on a number of these occasions, it’s common for a child not to tell anyone. This can have a tremendous influence on their results in school. This is a serious issue that if you see any signs of you should get involved immediately to resolve.


To summarise…


Student performance cannot be determined by an individual factor. As teachers, you can help your students by advising them on lifestyle changes they could make to help their progress at school, along with ensuring you build relationships with them so that if they are experiencing any issues, they feel they can come to you. 


Further Reading

A Guide to Improving Learning Retention Among Students

Self Care Tips and Tricks for Teachers

Arming Our Children with Skills Needed for a Changing World

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