Teachers’ Interactive Influence

If there is just one factor that determines a teacher’s effectiveness, it is his/her Interactive Influence.

Through speaking, the teacher builds likeability and credibility. Students recognise the sincerity, passion and persuasiveness in their teacher. They get confidence that the teacher is approachable. They love to comprehend what teacher says.

Bower and Hilgard report that learning from another human is a challenge for anyone. This requires the teacher to be humble enough to be aware of how the information is getting processed in the mind of his/her students. The teacher should speak with enough pauses and residual messages (saying the same thing in a different way throughout a talk) so the student will remember.

Teachers do their job - transfer of knowledge - through interaction. Efficiency of this defines their effectiveness. Research says, whatever be the level of domain knowledge he/she possess, a teacher will not be accepted to the students in the absence of love and trust.

This crucial fundamental of teacher communication development, interactive influence, requires balancing the foundational fulcrum of feedback to the self and disclosure to others.

Interactive influence comprises the practices of seeking and receiving feedback to the self (active listening, empathizing, attending, and dialoguing) and disclosure of the self (presenting self in conversations, presenting self in speeches to groups, and strategic networking). These practices allow the teacher a way to build his/her capacity to use interactive influence successfully.

The goal of interactive influence is to improve teaching effectiveness through multiple communicative interactions across the classroom. Interactive Influence can be defined as an adaptive ability to affect influence in a given group or environment.

Such a teacher engages his/her students and command respect and entitlement. Or in other words, it is the teachers’ speaking or interactive influence helps him/her command respect and entitlement.

A teacher’s interaction in the classroom should lead to 1. Generating as many ideas as possible and putting them together to form new ones, 2. Allowing the idea to grow and flourish, 3. Combining two ideas to make a new one, 4. Putting ideas to other uses, and 5. Letting others use their diverse ways of thinking, 6. Respond with respect to new ways of thinking and be respectful of the culture of the diversified student population.

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