Perhaps continuing to learn throughout your life could be the smartest thing you would do which will definitely enable you to succeed. In a previous post I have talked about the self-learning sites available online, here I would like to discuss teachers and their personalities with us as students seeking knowledge, I will be talking about teachers and their attitudes in the classroom, at their real physical form, not virtual one whom you might encounter when trying to learn a new skill or perhaps a language. Their teaching style and techniques, or the lack of them, will affect you to a great extent.
I had the pleasure (I have to admit it was not fun all the time) of attending too many different schools while growing up and had my undergraduate and graduate degrees in two different countries, throughout my journey of getting an education I picked some of the clues that can be warning signs about teachers in the classroom, here are some of my insights, please bear in mind the names I am using are the creation of my imagination:
The Stingy: If they do not correct the mistakes you made in your homework when they give you back your paper (or when they email it to you) by highlighting the right answers, you should ask yourself, is this person really giving me all I need to learn about the subject? After all, as a student, we need all the feedback we can get in order to broaden our understanding.
The Complicated: The one who challenges his student’s personality, the worst relation you can have with a teacher is when they identify with you on a personal level, that’s when they no longer see as a student seeking knowledge but rather as a person they judge according to their own preference and mood, basically they might not like the way you speak and they hold this against you, and this shows in the way they deal with you.
The Offender: some teachers might retreat to the so-called Reverse Psychology, that’s when they start inflecting negative emotions towards you, thinking, by pressuring their students they will succeed. The thing with this technique is (which was proven not to work) it might end up making you feel insulted and puts you down. Other times, you might be going through difficulties in understanding the subject in class, your teacher might take it personally and go after you.
Impatient Teachers: “Impatience”, this is one trait of teachers that can cause a lot of trouble to students, when the teacher is so impatient to the student’s inability to capture the knowledge so fast, or as fast as the teacher wants, this can happen in speedy, fast-paced short courses, so beware before enrolling in such courses and know if the duration of the course matches your pace in studying. The other thing about this type is that the teacher’s impatience really shows and can be sensed by students through comments and attitudes, we are intelligent, social creatures after all.
The Stone Aged: Some teachers like to reflect an authoritative personality in class. This type lacks empathy, who believes the one and sole purpose of your day is to attend and work on the subject of their course. If you are attending an evening course or is someone who has a job and family you need to take care of, you might want to skip such teachers as they won’t have the slightest care nor empathy if you miss delivering a homework and will bash you for it.
The Bullies: the worst of all kinds, it can be hard to imagine that such type exists among teachers, I mean what on earth such person is doing in the education field if they are causing such harm. But trust me, I met some, they do exist. I am a bit conflicted about this bully-type, I am inclined to believe that the younger, millennial generation of teachers don’t want to bully their students unlike the older experienced ones who come to the classroom having dealt with many students throughout their career and built stereotypes and generalizations based on their students backgrounds or country of origin, these teacher’s bullying personalities thrive the most in multinational learning environments especially if they harbor xenophobic sentiments, of course, they so intelligently hide, however, the lack of experience by younger teachers might lead to acting in a bullying way towards their students too.
If you choose to take a course in a real classroom, not a virtual one, I encourage you to take notice of any of the negative vibes they might bring to the classroom. After all, it is your right to have the best experience when you are trying to learn a new skill and expand your knowledge.