How to be a bad teacher?

There has been a lot of things written about what makes a good teacher;I have personally read a lot of articles on the characteristics of a “good teacher”;and I think that,by implication,that’s also how a “bad teacher” should look like.So if you are interested in making yourself a very bad teacher,it’s not as difficult as becoming a “good teacher” is.

First of all,  a bad teacher is certainly living a volcanic class atmosphere.This is the result of ,and results in,bad relations with the kids he/she’s teaching.If you happen to have a bad image because of the way you treat your students,be sure that you are not “teaching” in the first place,and no “learning” is taking place because the filter and the students’ anxiety are high.Research has proved that students usually react to a teacher’s personality more than they do towards his/her knowledge of the subject he/she’s teaching.So,mind that grammar,vocabulary and all the staff that you might have in your head and you have learned at university is of no interest to your students if they react to your character in a negative way.If students keep thinking of the way you behave,they have no other memory space to think of their learning.

Mind that teachers usually create “bad images” for themselves in their students’ minds not because they are “bad people” but simply because with the first glance students react to you as an intruder to an already settled and formed group with its norms,rules,leaders…and so if you re-react(or you over-react),you get into conflicts and you fall into an endless circle of “bad teacher” images.

So,if you want to be a “bad teacher” by the end of the school year,leave a bad image in your students’ memory.

The same counts for your relations with the school staff.Bad teachers are usually in conflicts with the other teachers as well as with the school administration.Don’t mind,yet.There will always be some sort of “opinion” about you from this person or that,exactly the same as what happens in your real life.But,if that opinion becomes common sense for the whole group,then there is something you have to correct.Overlook negative opinions from individuals;they might be the result of your having great relations with your students and other people.So if you happen to go along with your students,don’t be amazed to suffer from some jealousy  on the part of those who have bad relations with the students.

Don’t be ashamed or punish yourself if you are in confrontation with the headteacher or the school administration in case you are right.But, do not try to escalate the conflict because you are right and they are wrong!Administration staff usually unit against the teacher (especially if he/she’s alone) no matter how right his/her opinion  is.Feel that your view is the right one,don’t give it up;and ,yet, you still have to be diplomatic and find  a way out.That’s the administration,and that’s what they are taught to do and that’s why they are there in the first place;to keep the administration’s face “clean”.So,keep yours cleaner!And remember that any sort of relations you have with the school staff,has a direct influence on your personality and on the way you behave in your classes;ultimately it affects on your students’ learning.So keep a good rapport with everyone in your school.

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About brahim

An ELT supervisor. Interested in social media, blogging and the use of ICT in language teaching.

Posted on September 29, 2012, in Teachers and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Thank you very useful but I’m gonna disagree with some parts” conflict with school stuff and administration ” sometimes when students see that they admire your braveness ! just in some special cases …..
    Thank you again 🙂

    • I would disagree with you saying that students “admire your braveness” when you are in conflict with the school staff.Students have to learn how to solve problems and how to make tense situations less stressful.We don’t have to stick to our mistakes to show our students that we are courageous.Students should learn that in cases where our views are false,we have to “subside” and withdraw back.This doesn’t mean that we are giving up the fight but it simply shows that our(any person’s) way of seeing things can’t always be right.

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