Teachers who fail to enthuse

School is hard when you have teachers who don’t enthuse and fail to enthuse their students. In 2019, it would be great to think that teachers, their methods of teaching and their attitudes towards their students have changed.

When I was growing up, teachers failed to enthuse and that was the reason why so many of my peers failed to do well. Class sizes were also too big with 37 pupils to a class. Not all teachers were good. If you struggled you got left behind.

You may often hear the odd student saying it was because my teacher enthused my love of science that I decided to become a scientist, but it’s not something you hear all the time. Times are changing now, politics has now come into teaching in a big way and is a big turn off for many teachers.

But teachers’ abilities, enthusiasm, skillset and knowledge are crucial in determining the success of the children they teach. Teaching is about engaging, feeding student’s minds, getting students to listen and switch on, for them to realise their endless possibilities.

It is important teachers enthuse and connect with the students they teach. They have to be interested in themselves and enthusiastic and interested in the students they teach. They must understand how to engage with students and teach them by inspiring and challenging them to think outside the box.

But teaching isn’t just about learning what you’re being taught or told. Teaching is about helping students think independently, form their own viewpoint, allowing them to ask questions that will encourage freedom of speech and free thought.

Students will work harder for a teacher they respect and admire and on the part of the teacher, they must encourage their students to learn in an environment that enthuses and therefore encourages free thought.

15 Jun, 2019

4 thoughts on “Teachers who fail to enthuse

  1. My generation were hardly taught, never mind taught by enthusiasts. I cannot remember one single teacher or university lecturer who took any interest in me as an individual, or in my work.

    I feel that I succeeded in spite of my teachers and that is a shame, as teachers are hugely influential and have a great responsibility.

    I know from speaking with my children and with friends about their children’s teacher, there are great teachers out there, it’s unfortunate there are so many who aren’t so great.

  2. Thanks. Yes, I’m in the same camp as you, I don’t remember any teacher enthusing their students, but add a learning disability to that equation and it’s a disaster waiting to happen.

    With capabilities and you managed, but so many students could have done better. There was less pressure in those days, less competition so it should have been easier to teachers and lecturers to teach.

    There are so many students who slipped could have done better. I on the other hand completely slipped through the net.

  3. It would have been nice if I had been able to take advantage of the few teachers who showed any interest in me when I was growing up.

    We moved around a lot, so we never had that luxury. Most of the time we fell through the cracks. Today they would report parents who put their kids through what my parents put us through.

    It seems like most people, including teachers, don’t give a damn for anyone but themselves, so they don’t go out of their way to help others.

    My daughter’s teachers didn’t do much to push her to do better than she did, so I’m not impressed by teachers. Maybe someday that will change.

    1. Thanks Randy. Yes, I share your sentiment. We must all come together and support one another.

      You can only do what you can do. It’s a shame your daughter also didn’t get the help she needed, but rather than us dwell on the past and what didn’t happen, we must work on ourselves.

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