Warmth and competence accounts for 90% in whether someone is perceived positively or negatively.   These are the two characteristics that teachers must project if they want their students to buy in to his/her teaching.

“People who project both strength and warmth impress us as knowing what they are doing and having our best interests at heart, so we trust them and find them persuasive. They seem willing (warm) and able (strong) to look out for our interests, so we look to them for leadership and feel comfortable knowing they are in charge.”

 Whether we like it or not, the emotional bond between the teacher and the students account for whether students learn or not. Bob Pianta, Dean of the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia, puts it very well when he reached the following conclusion:

“The things we think typically matter to make an effective teacher — how many years experience, how many degrees you have, whether you have a degree in this or a degree in that — don’t seem to matter much at all.” 

The brilliant, well organized, and well-educated teacher whom students see as mean will not be very effective.  Conversely, the funny teacher who tells great stories, but has poorly organized lessons will also be ineffective.
Pianta’s discovery after years of research is that students have to answer yes to the above questions.

“What we find matters the most is what teachers actually do with kids in classrooms. How do teachers interact with kids? How do they deliver instruction? How do they engage them? Those by far outweigh anything about a teacher’s background.”


How do you think that this is best projected toward students?

Next Topic:  Projecting Warmth Cues


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