I know, I know, teachers are robots that go back to the cupboard every night, plug themselves in and only come out to teach. They are probably robots….they must be….
Well, we’re really not Terminators.
Ok, I am a teacher. As part of the role, you have to be unbiased, a role model, fair and just. And no matter how much you dislike that One Direction song they keep playing on the radio, as a teacher, you just don’t say it………(loudly)…
The point i’d like to make is teachers are humans and they care; it’s why they entered the profession. When you spend a year with a class, you really do develop a genuine interest in them as people. If you are a student reading this and your teacher is always on your case, then take it as a good thing; They are doing their job and they keep on your case because they want you to succeed. As a teacher, it’s a great feeling when you’ve been working with a group and you see them leave with the qualification they came for. This is a big reason why teaching is special; working with human beings and helping them along in life.
So, as a student, what can you do?
Share & feedback.
Share what is difficult so teachers can help you learn and teach more effectively. Help your classmates because if you can teach something, you’ve really learned it. As well as sharing the downs, share the ups, share the success. Share how the exam went, as your teachers are wondering too. And, a year from now, send your teacher a message to say what you're doing. We’re human after all and nothing beats the feeling as a teacher to be remembered and know that year you spent together connected to a degree, a job, or how maybe how a thought pattern has changed.
Last summer I received a message from a then tearaway to now BA graduating from University. He said he wouldn’t of been finishing his degree and have his band sign a deal with a label if it wasn’t for the grounding he had in my class (yes, I was a toughie). I couldn’t have been more proud and chuffed to get a message like this. We need teachers to give their best and getting messages like this completes the process. If you can be a part of this feedback loop then you’re influencing your teachers which is a good thing.
So this blog entry is about really humanistic elements. The takeaway is ‘be human and share’, two basic things we sometimes forget, but really, these elements are at heart of education. Lastly, feedback is a good thing… we wouldn’t have guitar distortion without it :) Told you. I’m a human…partly…