Teaching can be extremely challenging. Often you find yourself faced with a classroom made up of a diverse student body. Catering to each student’s individual needs can be difficult, if not impossible.
As a result, many teachers are looking for research-backed study methods to encourage their students to perform well regardless of ability. The Pygmalion effect is one such method. Here are some ways to get your students to perform better in classes:
What is the Pygmalion effect?
The Pygmalion effect is also known as the Rosenthal effect and follows the premise that the expectations of others from a particular person can affect that person’s performance.
Psychologist Robert Rosenthal wrote that teachers who hold high expectations of their students have better-performing students than those teachers with low expectations.
According to the Pygmalion effect, people internalize the labels placed onto them by others. Thus, those who receive positive labels from others are considered to think more positively of themselves, while those receiving negative labels think negatively of themselves. These ideas of self can affect performance, with positive ideas of self-producing better performance.
How do students view teachers?
The Pygmalion effect not only applies from adults to children. It can be applied across all interactions between all people. As a result, a teacher’s performance can be affected by the way their students perceive them. A teacher who is perceived as a bad teacher by the students will internalize this label and perform poorly.
Alternatively, a teacher whose students have positive perceptions of him or her will perform better as a result of positive labels. These labels will also affect their interpersonal relationships.
When a student has a negative perception of a teacher, their interactions will usually be hostile and unfavorable. Teachers who make use of instructional technology tend to have a more positive reception from students.
Giving students a choice
One way to get students feeling positive in

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