Friday, February 5, 2010
Teaching is a Skill not a Position
Now, only 4 weeks into the semester, I am hearing the annoyed sighs in the class when she just wants to say something or add to. Even on the field trip I heard snarky comments, granted sometimes, it gets a little excessive (she's a bit long winded) but, I feel disappointed in my peers for not celebrating her positivity, drive and spirit. This girl is going places and will do big things in her life should this accumulating momentum persevere through the sighs of the haters.
There is also another girl a different class who is constantly adding her tidbits, she's more of a class clown type. We all struggle through each class, my teacher is awkward and constantly losing her train of thought (she's not good at teaching - it really makes ya realize how valuable having teaching credentials are in the classroom situation) and, in addition to the sorted mess at the head of the class we have the class clown interjecting. Averting the collective consciousness of the class is difficult, I leave there drained and in a sour mood but despite this I do think my teacher is nice and I can only applaud the CC for trying to stay engaged in the class with her babble as opposed to checking out all together (which is what I found myself doing this last class).
I love this quote. When my nerves are on edge and I am not too far gone to say to myself: To Each His Own, I feel better. I can only love the positives in these people and the rest of them. We are all here trying our best. We are so unconscious of this negativity inside of each of us, for the most part, we are all good people just different, set aside your differences and try and find a common ground. Try and find the positive in situations or people that steer you in a negative direction.
In the case of this teacher, I'm still hoping that she finds her comfort or groove in teaching. She lacks confidents, she even says that she is tired of listening to herself speak...newsflash sweetheart, if you can't even listen to yourself then how do you expect the class to endure it? She's already sending out the vibes to the classroom of annoyance with her own voice...
I don't know about you but I would prefer to leave that classroom hated but in a good mood rather than being the hater and leaving all Negative Nancy.
So what do you think? How would somebody approach this situation? I honestly feel that it is the responsibility of the students to report when a teacher is not so great a teacher otherwise they continue to teach and it stifles a students desire to want to learn. I've considered going to some of my other teachers who have clout at the school and informing them of the situation but, I do feel bad for the teacher to go over her head without notifying her first and giving her the opportunity to improve.