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What is a teacher’s accountability in the classroom, and what is its importance? To understand this first, we need to get familiar with the primary responsibilities of a teacher. How a teacher influences a student and what role they play in the overall personality development of a child. The things a teacher teaches in the classroom should benefit the student in the real world as well.

For example, every person is accountable for his or her own behavior but not for what other people do, teachers must be held accountable for what they do as teachers but not for what their students do as learners. Students are responsible for their own learning. Other words teachers should be held accountable for students’ education and safety while at school.  But at some point, the students should be held accountable because it encourages students to take responsibility for their learning and actions. Students, in turn, learn to value their work and likely increase their levels of confidence(Fountain, 2018). Making teachers responsible for students’ behavior absolves students of responsibility for their own actions and develops an externalized locus of control in students that leads to teacher control and student dependence (Fountain, 2018).

Student accountability begins with establishing the right learning environment (which reflects to teachers’ accountability). A good place to start is by teaching and reinforcing the core competencies of social and emotional learning, in which students learn to understand and manage their emotions, set, and achieve positive goals, feel, and show empathy for others, build, and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible choices (Walker, 2020). Honestly, teachers should not solely be held accountable for their teaching if the students are not willing to learn. The students and parents should be held accountable as well.

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