As a Teacher, when you have expectations from your students but are let down, it’s natural for you to question them. But on the other hand, the students may not always comprehend the disappointment behind your words, they may only see you as a strict person. Now, I’m someone who has been on both sides of the table, and thus, thought to share my experience on it.
As a part of the Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) degree course, one needs to do practice teaching sessions in schools for a specific number of hours, where your professor attends your class and gives you the feedback. Now, it so happened that my favorite professor, once criticized me for one of my teaching sessions. That day, I was seriously upset and highly disheartened, as I had took her words to heart. Eventually, I improved and kept myself going with the help and support of my friends.
I did complete my B.Ed. and became a qualified teacher. I served as a homeroom & mathematics teacher, and was surrounded by super cute kids from elementary grades. I still consider it an opportunity of a lifetime to have spent time imparting knowledge and learning with the small kids. As a teacher then and later as a home-tutor, having spent time with kids, knowing them, even I believed in them and their abilities.
Often, some of the kids would not respond or try to find solutions. When I noticed that the kid is stuck or just not in the mood to study, at times, I used to go easy on them, and try to talk out the matter before moving further. But some days, when it felt like they’re not making any effort or not trying to think it out at all, it would surprise me.
Those were the times, when I used to highly think of my professor and recall the criticism that I received over my practice teaching during my B.Ed. study. It was then I realized that maybe:
- my professor was not angry but just disappointed
- she didn’t mean to put me down but just wanted me to work on my shortcomings
- she wanted me to excel and was not expecting me to perform low
- she could see the potential in me and didn’t want me to lose it.
“Teachers are always there to assist you, if they scold or criticize you, it’s mostly because you matter to them, your progress matters to them, and they only wish to see you succeed.” ~Aswini SekarTweet