I think one of the best and most important parts of being a teacher is developing a good relationship with my students.
It’s hard sometimes, especially when they’re quiet or shy, but it’s always wonderful to see them break out of their shells, and begin to express themselves and interact with the others. And the teacher.
I like to joke around with my students. I want them to feel at ease, so that they can enjoy themselves while learning. I still find it a bit hard to balance fun and learning, but I’m working on it.
I think I’m really lucky that I get to work with really small classes. It helps create a more personal atmosphere that allows for a greater depth of teaching and sharing.
The class I taught today has only three students. They were pretty quiet before, but they’ve started interacting and chatting with each other. They’ve also started joking with me, and it has put everyone at ease. They still complain, of course, about the workload (I would too, if I were them), but I genuinely look forward to teaching their class. And I walk away with a spring in my step.
Now to start working on the uninspired students…