A bright day to-day!!
Firstly, I would like to thank all my readers for supporting me in my little experiment (with reference to the previous post) and helping me along. Thank you so much!! 🙂 Please, check your Spam, though!! 😀
So, I have come up with a check-list of how NOT to be when you become a teacher one day. Well, at least, this is what I feel. If you do not agree, please feel free to comment and let me know your thoughts. 🙂
- Absolutely do NOT insult children, however much slow they are in understanding. At the most, you can tell the parents about it and request them to talk to the child. Remember, not all children are the same. There are certain areas in which some children and quick at and some aren’t. Take my own example: while I was quick at grasping History concepts, I was slow at understanding Science; my friends hated History. 😀 I was slow at Math, too, at a point. My seventh grade Math teacher used to abuse me (no, I am not joking); but, my mother’s extreme levels of patience and kindness were the only ones that kept me from descending into depression at such a young age. Later on that same year, I became a little quicker in picking up Math. So much that that teacher herself was put to shame! She conducted a test once, in which I might have aced, for she did not return my paper! 😀 Some of my friends’s were also missing!
- There is one more reason as to why you, as a teacher, have to be kind and patient. Some learn quickly, some don’t. At my age of twenty, if I take around fifteen minutes to complete a Math sum, my friend does it in five, at the most ten. But, we cannot be prejudiced and my friend cannot be given a better treatment than me. I am not saying I would be jealous; just that, it is just not done.
- However older you are to the student, no matter your age, treat the student with some kind of respect. This is something that majority of the teaching staff across the sub-continent lack. Just think about it: you have your own ego and reputation to uphold, fair enough, but what about the student? He / She also does! After all, your students are just as humane as you are, and all human beings have an ego rate. Why don’t teachers think like this?? Just because they are given certain powers doesn’t mean they can lash out at the student just as they like!!
- Just because you have power over a student doesn’t mean that you have the right or authority to give more marks to your favourite students and less marks to the student who questions you, aka your ego. Who knows, if you actually think about it, the child might be right. Just think!! And don’t simply jump to conclusions, just because your stupid ego is hurt! Here, let me tell you, this is not just for teachers, but also for others: just because your child or nephew questions your authority or your statement doesn’t mean he is trying to test your patience. Please, I will touch your feet, but he is not. For all you know, he doesn’t even realise it. Lashing out at the child will only earn him your disrespect. Neither all adults are good nor all children are bad. They are just innocent of your feelings. After all, they don’t know you as well as your colleagues do.
- For the gods’s sake, in class, when you are lecturing, let the students take down points then and there, if they want to. Do NOT ask them to memorise it all and write it down later. Perhaps, some kids can do that; but, some cannot. You got to understand this!
- Lastly, absolutely NO abusing children in front of their classmates. This will earn them disrespect not just from you, but also from their own peers. For all I know, this could be one cause of bullying in schools.
I have had personal experience in both schools and college, so I know what I am talking about. But, please, if you have any suggestions or remarks about this post, please let me know.