Teachers and students can sometimes have disagreements with each other. Reasons vary, but it is usually about grades or a debate in class. There are rare instances when the reasons are personal, but rules are in place to prevent that from happening. But what can you do when you are in that position? How can teachers and students easily find compromises in disputes?
How disputes play out
Disputes happen between teacher and student when they encounter a problem that is caused by one of the parties or happened out of chance. For example, a student may complain about a grade they received. The teacher could also complain about a student’s actions within the classroom or school. They could also be arguing and end up needing someone to moderate their dispute.
How are disputes handled
When the dispute occurred inside the school, it must be handled by the dean or chancellor. However, there is a way for the student and teacher to reach a compromise to avoid any incident reports that could tarnish both their records.
Still, they would need a mediator if they cannot arrive at an agreement. A mediator will serve as an impartial judge to the student and teacher’s arguments. It would be the same way as with the dean or chancellor.
The only difference is that when the school is involved, they will judge the dispute based on the rules of their handbook.
How can they reach a compromise
A compromise is simple. Each party must give a little so that they can reach an acceptable agreement. There are times when the student and teacher cannot agree with each other. That’s because it is an innate need for a person to be right, even if it’s against a superior like their teacher. If you are a teacher, it is even more important for them to be right, lest their credibility be undermined.
The truth is that when people cannot agree on one thing, the resentment at each other can fester and turn into a full-bodied war of the words or minds. That is where the mediator comes in. A mediator will help the teacher and student find a solution that will agree with both of their agendas.
The mediator must be skilled in the art of negotiation, but he or she must also know the details of the dispute. This way, they can provide an objective solution that will benefit both parties. Although they will not get what they want, they can still leave the table with only a few losses.
What about a personal dispute?
Personal disputes, which can be emotional or physical in nature. This is why institutions discourage teachers and students from having personal relationships. It can also mean that teachers are not encouraged to promote close friendships with their students and vice versa. It helps avoid personal disputes that can hold the school accountable.
Have you ever been in a dispute with a teacher or student? How did you arrive at a compromise? Share your tale and solutions with us in the comments below.