Thursday, May 31, 2012

A few things your teacher might not be telling you

It's been a year since I got officially appointed in my job. But I'll have a separate mushy post about that. For now, let me share this: a few things your teacher might not be telling you. But actually, I think the proper way to call this list is "a few things I wish to remind our students" haha. :))
  1. We are humans. We are not perfect. Our job is to teach but that doesn't mean we know everything.
  2. We learn from students too! They have ideas different from ours but works just as well or works even better.
  3. When we're taking a long time checking papers, it's because we have hundreds to check and we have to read and understand everything so that we can give fair grades. Unless you're okay with us giving all or nothing (100 or 0)?
  4. If you don't want to have quizzes, seatworks, exams, projects, reports, or homeworks, and you don't even participate in class, where on earth are we going to pull your grades? Darts? Roulette? 
  5. We don't like talking to ourselves or talking to the board. Sometimes, we ask questions that are supposedly answerable by common sense and yet no one answers... it's just sad and sometimes embarrassing.
  6. We deserve respect as much as you do.
  7. If we're scolding you for excessive absences, for tardiness, for sleeping in class, etc. it's because we care. We want you to learn. Although sometimes, it's also because of item (6).
  8. We don't like spoon-feeding students because we don't just want you to know the answers. We want you to learn how to think ("learn how to learn" as my professor said) and how to get the answers. We believe in the saying "Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for the rest of his life".
  9. Nothing great ever comes easy. Want to get 1.0's? Want to get a degree from the university? Work hard for it.

Disclaimer: This post does not, in any way, reflect the sentiments of all teachers. Just mine. I teach early subjects in the university. I also didn't take any units in education.


  1. This may be a very late post/comment but Super I can relate to this post! I would also like to say that you are an awesome writer. You express ur thoughts clearly and totally with heart!

    1. Thank you Ms. Princess! I never really refer to myself as a writer (I feel like I have a looooong way to go) but thank you! ^_^ I'm glad someone can relate to this!