Being good at what you’re doing. That’s something everybody wants to achieve. I am not an exception here. You want to be a good cook? You buy a cookery book, watch Gordon Ramsay on TV and practise preparing fancy dishes. You want to be good at sports? You work out every day, no exception, streaming with sweat. You want to be a good musician? You get yourself an instrument of your choice and practise, no matter that your neighbours hate you and all your family members are equipped with earplugs. Sounds quite uncomplicated. Difficult, time-consuming – but still uncomplicated. But when it comes to being a good teacher, it seems to be harder. There are university studies, methodology courses, seminars and workshops. All of these are supposed to produce perfect teachers. The list of all these courses I’ve taken part in seems to be endless. Still I don’t think any of them gave me the answer to the basic question – how to be a good teacher? There are people who teach me how to do it, however. Who? You! My students. Every day, every lesson, every single interaction with you gives me more than the most expensive courses. And this is what I like most about my job – that my students are my teachers:) Teachers who teach me how to teach better.
I remember my perfect teacher at school very well. She was really demanding, a real monster forcing us to study more and more. But at the same time she was always equipped with a smile and ready to talk about absolutely everything. She was my English teacher, and actually she’s been my professional guru.
And you? If you could design a perfect teacher – what would they be like?
And I hope after 35 years of teaching I won’t look like this:
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