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Even Teachers Make Mistakes

Heather is a Primary Teacher from Canada who is currently working in London through Protocol Education

In the Simpsons there’s Miss Krabappel, in Saved by the Bell it’s Mr. Belding. In the media, teachers are seen as people that make mistakes and are often out-witted by their students. In these TV shows teachers face students who look for our imperfections.

Although our lives may not be as complex as those teachers portrayed in these shows, many of us are familiar with the stereotype  (*ahem, ‘Ferris Beuller’s Day Off) and admit that there is an element of truth in teachers having an over-rated image of purity and perfection in society. No teacher has ever walked into their first year of teaching and absolutely rocked the reports and covered the entire expected curriculum to the satisfaction of every pupil and parent.

In fact, I would argue that it is our mistakes that make us into role models and allow us to help students to learn to reflect on their mishaps. It is often these learning experiences that allow us to model the appropriate way to handle difficult confrontations.

It is our mistakes that make us different, and often I find the very BEST teachers were the very WORST students. Because of their background, it is those teachers who are so energetic and interactive in assisting students like them, who find school a more challenging place to be.

The teachers we bonded with best as students, and the teachers who stand out as more ‘with it’ to students – are those that are willing to talk about mistakes they’ve made and relate to students on a personal level. We are all human, and creating that distance between us and those we work with may be necessary – but establishing that we too have been in similar circumstances and experienced our own share of failures is essential.

The perfect teacher is anything but a perfect person. They just exhibit a good grounding in morals, behaviour and an acceptance of those who don’t.

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