Whenever I found that my students weren’t engaged during my lesson, or didn’t learn very much, I ALWAYS take the blame first, before pointing fingers elsewhere. Sure, students have their part to play, but that’s that doesn’t keep me from doing whatever I can to make the lesson engaging and meaningful.

]]>In your own words, ” (The) definition of great teachers is very subjective”. So how can someone’s designation affect his ability to be a great teacher? Can’t Technical Support Officers be great teachers in their own right?

How can students have interest to learn if the teacher is boring or ineffective in the first place? Students have their own responsibilty to learn to the extent that the teacher is able to teach effectively. As such, great teachers are neccessary, not sufficient. You are saying that great teachers are not neccessary in the first place – and that sure is a nice way of pushing the buck.

I am reluctant to do a point-for-point attack because your other fallacious statements don’t even support your arguments in the first place.

Try harder.

]]>zzz: u dun have to worry abt where he got his students. I’m one of them. and he great himself. I guess u just haven’t met wonderful teachers who could really interest you in their subject yet. wait till u have. u will noe how great it is.

not to worry about me, I’ve met a few of such great teachers b4, like my pri 4 maths teacher, my pri 6 chinese teacher, my sec 2 english teacher, my sec 3 n 4 chemistry teachers, as well as some poly lecturers. They were all excellent teachers n their lessons were never boring. Even the dry-est lessons could be made interesting n fun by them.

and as long as you are in schools, no matter what u work as, you will have certain exposure to students. Even those office non-teaching staffs, TSOs… students can even be extremely good friends with them.

and yes, coleman is great. no doubts about it.

]]>Students have the responsibility to determine their own learning outcomes, instead of blaming the teachers when they have no interest to learn. After all, they pay the school fees and spend that amount of time in the classrooms! ]]>

So maybe you’re right. It also makes me shiver to think that – I – have the ability to kill the interest of students I teach. Very scary thought!

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