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. 😊