At the start of my first day of class for the 2011 batch of students at the Madras Advertising Club, I asked them to do a task. I asked each of the students to write down three things that they HATE in a teacher and 3 qualities that they LOVE in a teacher.
I asked them to think of their teachers in school and college while listing down their thoughts. I advised them not to write their names as I wanted them to write with a free and open mind.
These inputs are always helpful in understanding the expectations of the students. I’m passionate about consistently improving myself as a teacher and have found these to be very helpful in my pursuit of excellence.
I figured I would share this list as this would be useful for anyone interesting in teaching.
I have compiled all the points together. I have left out duplicate points. The language you find below are from the students themselves with just minor polishing from my side.
WHAT WE HATE IN A TEACHER
- Talking only theoretically about a subject.
- Showing partiality to select students
- Thinking students are Morons and does not respect their intelligence.
- The ‘I am the boss here’ kind of attitude
- Not presenting oneself interestingly to the students.
- Being arrogant
- One who demotivates back-benchers
- Not having real work experience and practical experience in the field
- Being bookish
- One who is judgmental about students based on their academic scores
- Too much focus on notes and attendance
- Spits when they talk
- Not dressing smartly
- Can’t take criticism
- Not providing examples or case-studies
- Not having command or presence in the class
- Without passion for teaching
- Teachers who preach rather than teach
- Teachers who harass emotionally
WHAT WE LIKE IN A TEACHER
- One who shares all his knowledge without holding anything back
- Who is practically interactive
- Having an ‘I’m going to rock this class’ attitude.
- Showing equal importance to all students
- Uses easy methods of teaching
- Sharing their own experiences
- One who prepares well for the classes
- Practical knowledge sharing – Treating class as a forum for discussion
- Flexibility in terms of generational change
- High involvement with the students
- Good presentation skills
- Being Punctual
- A good relationship beyond teaching
Hope you found these lists useful. Do add in your likes and dislikes below and will add them to the list above.