Prideful teachers who discourage

brilliant professor

The Chinese prof taught so fast that, I’m sure, only he understood himself. I think he was more interested in displaying his own brilliance than helping college student learn. He scolded students for any sincere mistake. It was intimidating and discouraging. Yet the Chinese department was renowned at this community college. No doubt he was proud of that. Anyone genius enough to survive this prof would achieve excellence in Chinese.

Though the department was famed for quality, I don’t think his teaching method was good. It is the job of teachers to inspire and help, not discourage and humiliate.

I have made it my aim to motivate as much as I teach, to be patient with struggling students. I am constantly searching for the joyful “click moment,” when the student “gets it” and smiles with pleasure that a previously incomprehensible subject now becomes “a piece of cake.”

If you’re impressed with your own brilliance, if you’re aim to to exhibit your own genius, teaching is not the profession for you. Because teaching is about them, not you. It’s about students learning, not teachers teaching.


2 thoughts on “Prideful teachers who discourage

  1. I think your last line says it best. It is not about teaching or lecturing anymore. Education is about creating opportunities, helping the students connect and interact with the material they need to learn so they can remember it and use it beyond the next test.


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