We teachers can help our students in these rather hard times. They’re times of crisis, because crisis etymologically means “change”, and these times are times of changes.
Anyway, I was going to write about another point. And it could help these crisis times.
We teachers, as anybody else, have faults and defects. Ok, we can’t hide nor conceal them, before our students. I mean, our defects are transmitted through our conducting in the classroom and out of the classroom.
We have the duty of behaving in an honest, honorable and upright way: we set an example, both we want or we don’t want it. Be tranquil: our struggle to be better also is transmitted through our conducting, both regarding the subject we teach – English in my case – and regarding our trying to be better persons.
Let’s be nice at home with our families too, cooperating actively to create a lovely atmosphere. Let’s also be nice at school, prone to help and assist our students in their needs. Let’s be easy to listen to our students: whatever they want to tell us is important for them.
And alike let’s be prone to detect any possible anxiety among our students: they may have problems at home, they may suffer in the classroom because they cannot learn as quick as their classmates, they may feel bored because they think they’re not learning new things about their communicative competence at speaking in English, they may feel bullying, they may be foreigners or have some family in Syria (I’m thinking of two of the students I’ve had along these years), etc. Let’s look in their faces, for any possible restraining of anxiety. / Photo from: The Year of Living Englishly Wordpress com. The picture is just a nice illustration.