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A Crumb is All We Need

I grew up in a culture that has a high regard for teachers. We look up to them. We respect them. We don’t do things in front of them that would make them feel disrespected in any way. Yes, we grumble about them and complain about how we don’t like the way they do things in class, but we don’t outrightly do things that dishonor them.

That’s why I get so surprised whenever I come across students who seem to have very little respect for teachers.

…students who think they can do away with whatever they feel like doing in class.

…students who outrightly disobey classroom rules because they don’t feel like doing it.

…students who don’t follow instructions just because it’s out of their comfort zones. And they give you attitude for making them do things.

It always comes as a shock to me how SOME students of this generation can be so disrespecful toward their teachers.

I felt disrespected several times by some of my students and I’ve heard of other teachers’ stories about how they felt really disrespected by their students. It saddens me to hear stories like that. I do understand that there are teachers who don’t do their job well so students don’t feel like giving their teachers their due respect, but I still think that it is NOT okay to outrightly do anything that dishonors any teacher.

Teaching may not be, and may never be, a high-paying job but as the people of old say (well, at least in my country), “it’s a noble job.” We may not get paid as much as other jobs do, but the sense of fulfilment that we feel when we see progress in your students make up for that. And of course, the respect and love we receive from our students are added factors that make teaching a wonderful job.

As a teacher, I don’t expect my students to treat me like I’m someone REALLY special. I need no presents or praise from them. A crumb of respect is actually what we, teachers, would really appreciate. But if students would give us more than that, then that would be awesome. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Officially Over

Summer break is officially over so I’m having mixed emotions right now.ย I’m sad that break is over because a much longer break would always be great, but I’m also excited for the new semester – to meet new students and make fun memories with them both inside and outside the classroom.

Today marks our first day of Fall 2017. And this is one of my classrooms this semester:

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This is where I will spend most of my days in the next four months. This is where I will either succeed or fail in helping my students improve their spoken English. But, of course, the goal is to succeed. So, this is one of the places this semester where I should exert every effort possible toย facilitate learning and practices/exercises that my students need to improve their Oral English skills.

Being an Oral English teacher is certainly challenging especially for a non-native English speaker like me. But it is also equally exciting. I like my job because I’m not only helping my students learn and improve their spoken English but I also learn in the process. The best part is, I enjoy preparing and teaching my classes because it allows so much freedom and space for creativity. And that is why I consider my job priceless. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Right now I’m done with my classes for today and I’m enjoying a cup of tea while watching a Chinese TV series. I’m TRYING to learn Chinese so I watch Chinese TV shows to practice my Chinese listening skills. ๐Ÿ˜„

I look forward to a great semester. I know there will be challenges along the way, but I’m excited all the same.

To all the teachers and students out there, may you all have a great Fall 2017 semester!

Friends, I would love to hear what makes your jobs priceless. Comment down below.

Cheers! ๐Ÿ˜Š