Monday, September 18, 2006
We are the Leaders of the Class
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Do you tell your doctor how to do her job? Do you tell your lawyer how to do his?
Why is it that some Japanese adults feel they can tell their English teacher how to do his job?
Leave it to the pros I say. We know how to teach. We don`t need naive people trying to tell us how to teach English. What is it with some people? Any ideas?
Really it is quite surprising, especially when I think of the above examples.
I do ask my students what they like to do or what they want to learn. But that is different. That is me asking.
I feel I am the pro. I am the boss of the class. I am the teacher. I decide what
we do. They are paying for my expertise afterall.
Often though you get some student who feels he or she knows better. Or they are just plain selfish. Probably the latter.
I have been teaching English for over 18 years now. I feel if you have been doing it for 6 months, that is six months longer than any of your students. So you are the pro.
We need to lead the class. If we want to we can ask our students what they like or what they want to learn. But we must lead. We need to remind the silly students who want to tell us how to teach, what their place is. They are the student and we are the teacher.
by Kevin Burns