In image A, the teacher has an open body language as her arms are wrapped around the students, her open arms may indicate she is trying to create a sense of security for the children. This makes the teacher look welcoming and caring it could also indicate that the teacher has a motherly personality towards the students. positioned as mothers, teacher operate within a pastoral, supportive, responsible and self-sacrificing role-attributes that do not covey the whole of the teacher’s job, ‘teaches as mother’. (Smedly,1995, p:17). The proximity between the practitioner and the students is very close, this may mean that the practitioner and students have a trusting bond and are comfortable with one another.
In image B the teacher looks more dominant as he is standing in front of the class, pointing at the board and the students are sat in an orderly fashion. It shows the students being taught at.The image also shows the teacher pointing at a student to answer a question, this confirms that the teacher has authority over the class. In picture the teacher looks like a passive teacher.
A passive teacher usually shares information, picks students to speak and simply answers the questions/demands of the learners. There are lots of difference between image A and B. Firstly, in one of the image the teacher is female whilst in the other the practitioner is a male. Women make up 98% of the early childhood workforce.
(Nutbrown,2011: p7).Whereas primary schools where just 15% of male teacher (DFE,2014).Why are there more female practitioners? Women are said to have a more nurturing personality and seemingly said to be better with children compared to men. They are seen as more caring, sensitive and considerate.
Which is why students may prefer to have a female teacher over a male. Research has shown that girls reported a better relationship with female teachers than with male teachers, while boys reported fairly similar relationships (TES, 2005). This shows that both girls and boys are comfortable with female teachers than males. In image A the practitioner looks loving and protective over her student, this contradict the stereotype of teachers having a motherly approach towards their students. Furthermore, according to Smedley (1995 p.
17) this motherly approach can also be seen negatively as being caring and nurturing lead to lacking professionalism (Osgood,2010).Whilst in picture B the teacher has no physical contact with the students but is standing in front of the class and pointing at the board. This shows he is in control and wants attention from the whole class. The image also shows the atmosphere of the class, which may be quiet. “Power is implied in the positing of teachers-whether the teacher is located at the front of the classroom or sitting at a desk, or the active participant in reading experiences. Children, sitting and listening to the teacher, tend to be represented as passive.”(Dockett, Perry and Whitton,2010, p:38).