Teacher Tip #6: Don’t listen to students

Ok, ok…I hear the yelling and feel the heat from the torches already. I don’t mean that you should ignore good, constructive feedback from students, but there are many times that what students say to you (or about you) should be vehemently ignored.

Here are a few examples of what I’m talking about (along with my rebuttal, which I may or may not actually say to the student):

 

“Teacher, I didn’t learn anything from what we did today.” Yes, you did. You’re just don’t realize it. And you’re kind of a jerk.

“Teacher, your new haircut doesn’t suit you.” I look damn good and you know it.

“We have way more fun in So-and-so’s class.” I’d have more fun, too, if all I had to do was play on my phone and memorize a study guide that has all the test questions on it. Oh, and watch TV shows every day.

“I don’t like the way we do notes in your class.” I don’t like the way you fail every test.

“Ms. So-and-so is my favorite teacher.” Well if you love ’em so much, why don’t you marry them! Um…actually…don’t do that. That’s a crime.

 

So, you get my point, right? Students are not always the best sources of feedback that you can use to improve yourself. Listen instead to your administrators and coworkers. After all, they aren’t dictated completely by their hormones. Well, not usually at least.

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I have a unique perspective on teaching. As a young guy, I still have that “world is my oyster” perspective on life, so I am more than willing to try new things in the pursuit of happiness. I have always been a naturally happy person and don’t shy away from trying to make others see that it’s easy to be happy! Thus, the blog you’re reading. The main impetus for actually putting all the work in to getting this blog up and running? A coworker stopped me in the hall one day and actually reprimanded me for being so smiley all the time. They actually said that I shouldn’t be so happy as a teacher! My response? Screw that! I SHOULD be happy. I now smile at that coworker EVERY time I see them…and usually say something like, “Isn’t this such great day to be a teacher?!” They don’t usually smile back… Don’t be like them.

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