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Saturday, July 12, 2008

ESL Teacher Blog: My Favourites

Sometimes a teacher will make a strong connection with some students in the class but not with others.  It may be because of personality traits, common interests, age, sex or attitude.  It’s just natural that a teacher may like some students more than others.  A teacher can feel that way, but they can never show it.
 
A teacher must always maintain a professional relationship with their students.  This is important whether teaching young children, high school students or adults.  Any sign of favouritism might affect the learning of a student.  Favouritism can be perceived as a teacher giving a student a better mark on a test or an assignment. 
 
It’s also seen in the way a teacher interacts in the classroom with students.  A student who feels that the teacher prefers his classmates may lose motivation and not reach maximum potential. 
 
I know this is true, but I also know that as a human it’s sometimes difficult to not allow emotions and preferences to influence my interactions with students.  So as difficult as it is, I try to call on all students equally, give all students the same attention during discussions, and greet all students equally. 
 
I try to never let the students see which students I find more interesting, more challenging, more fun, more frustrating, more inspiring or more endearing.
 
It’s not easy, but it’s part of my job.
POSTED BY Cecelia Sumi AT 7:20 PM
Comments
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 AT 1:34 AM
Rebecca said:
Hi I'm a teacher liarbrian in Vic at a primary school and just getting a blog ready to use with our students for the first time. I'm very impressed with your blogs. I wondered if students really would like writing on line, but I can see you all have heaps to write about and spend time making you entries interesting for your readers. I'm keener than ever to let my classes start blogging.Good luck with the rest of your year. I look forward to popping in again and seeing all the updates.From Mrs C: Thanks for visiting and for some feedback. When you get your blogs up and running, please let us know where they are so that we can visit.

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