Saturday, July 12, 2008|
ESL Teacher Blog: My Favourites
POSTED BY Cecelia Sumi AT 7:20 PM
- 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.