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A Sit Down with Students

Heather is a Primay Teacher from Canada who is currently working in London through Protocol Education.Her post today reveals what she learned from  viewing teaching from the perspective of her students. 

A Sit Down With Students

Students have a mind of their own – something unique that speaks from the heart of each individual. Two of my students recently took interest in suggesting blog topics for me. It was interesting to hear their perspective regarding teaching.

Their suggestion was for me to write about my favorite students and classes but I had to tell them that it wouldn’t be appropriate or right for me to do such a thing.

It’s funny how our perspectives change as we grow older. The topic might have seemed fun and innocent from the pupil’s perspective, but at the same time, as professionals, we promote equal opportunities for everyone. Students often have a positive and optomistic outlook on what being a teacher means but sometimes we struggle to maintain that innocence in the careers we choose.

So much of our workplace is riddled with protocols and regulations to follow to ensure the safety and well-being of our students – the people we work with. Not that I’m saying this is a drawback, of course it’s necessary. However, it’s curious to note when my perspectives shifted to seeing teaching as a duty and priviledge rather than in the fun ‘I control the classroom’ sort of mindset.

While my students see the classroom as a place of social activity and mind-stretching academic exercises, they sometimes forget that we can also face challenges and days that aren’t so deserving of our smiles and admiration.

Nevertheless, when you take time from your stressing workload, and your behavior management duties, students one-on-one or in smaller groups can bring to your world those care-free ideas that once allowed you to process what was necessary in order to become that ‘master of the class’, and re-energize you with the strength to inspire others as your teachers once did.

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