Be Inspired When You Teach!

I had a high school math teacher who sat in front of an overhead projector every class and bored the living hell out of every student, year after year. I had an English teacher who managed to take all of the fun out of literature. I had a Spanish teacher who used dry textbooks and called on students to answer grammar questions according to our seat order, strangling the life and breath out of a beautiful language.

You too, right? In high school we were exuberant in our youth but at times we slumped in our classroom chairs, minds drifting, bored beyond imagination by the droning voice of a lifeless teacher. It was like creativity, spontaneity and potential were being sucked from our brains, like slow death.

Always remember those times as you teach.

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5 thoughts on “Be Inspired When You Teach!

  1. What are your suggestions for inspiration? It’s all very well to remember the boredom but what about those who inspired you? I remember my high school science teacher. He bored everyone silly–but me. Why? We shared a common love of rocks! I still remember him and how much I loved his lectures on rocks. Yes, he broke all the rules for motivation but his passion happened to match mine. Another teacher who inspired me was my biology teacher–again it was his love for the subject and his fierce scolding of his students–the fierceness borne of caring deeply–that made him so wonderful.
    I had wonderful English teachers–again there was passion for their subjects and care for students–perhaps not pastoral care but an intense approach to teaching to help us “get” it.
    To sum up: we inspire when we care about our topic and when we work hard to get through to our students. I think that means that we accept them for who they are–but also for who they could become: we see their potential and believe in that.

  2. THe value of teasching language and languages is that the whole world is indeed our oyster. We can talk, listen, read, write about absolutey ANYTHING. Let us just find what “turns the students on” and use that. Usually, the clues to this come from the students themselves, although we too, as you say, can show them things that might inspire them – in the target language.
    A simple example: with adult students and advanced learners in the UK (good, captive audience) I often use websites showing street artists’ works around Europe and Banksy’s work. It’s something students often miss (except those in central London maybe), but they’re amazed by these things.

  3. I always try to remember those who inspired and those who made time crawl like molasses. It helps me to turn up my energy, to be more motivational, to plan better lessons, to make better connections with individual students, to write more comments on their papers, etc etc.

    Everyone’s capable of this, but there are some teachers who are going through the motions and either not so interested in their own content or they lack interpersonal skills to be able to transfer their knowledge in ways that wake up student minds.

    It’s hard to be a student, to be on the other side. It’s extremely important for teachers to empathize with students as much as possible, because they’ll respond well and you have a better chance of making great impacts on their lives. Or to pass tests!

  4. I believe in this words and try hard to apply it in all my classes but sometimes you don’t have the compliment you deserve on the other hand the theoritical not as the real class and there are too much pressure on the teacher, I don’t want to be negative but I love to be realistic

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