a teacher that really cares steps to being a real teacher part one

When I first started out in Sydney as an English teacher all my inspectors commented on my ‘great rapport’ with the students. I thought it was because I was young. Encouraged by their kind words I kept on reading thirstily theory after theory on classroom management and social skills. It got to the point however that my mind had become an overflowing cauldron of statistics, methods and ideas.
Moving to Greece and going on to open my own foreign languages school I decided to wipe my mind’s blackboard clean as I had to work in a whole new environment, culture and students. Why students? Because as most of my colleagues here will agree, the Greek educational system lacks schooling in social skills. This is not because Greek teachers are incapable but because the unstable governments of the past and present do not help the educational system in any way.
So where did this leave me? I had to go back to my social-communicative skills. I had to ‘connect’ with my students who were unwilling to as they had rarely been encouraged or taught to do so with a teacher at school. This is where the ‘kind words’ from my inspectors came in handy.
At the time I was twenty-four, hardly an age where great experience was held especially in the classroom but I had ‘excellent rapport’. These words kept playing in my mind and it was at this point in my life that I decided to sit down and find out why and how.
I thought and thought. It did not take long to realize that I was doing something different to the theories practiced and methodology. What follows is that something different that guarantees success working in a calm environment and higher grades in the classroom.
First Step - Put Yourself In Their Position.
When looking at any student and before criticizing them or even encouraging them put yourself in their position. Students nowadays have immense problems as social economic factors have changed. Mum no longer stays at home and is probably away from it for longer hours as is dad. Most children come from diverse family structures such as single parent homes, mixed families or live with extended family. The family unit has really changed and it is these changes that young people are challenged with. Furthermore, technology has had a hand in taking away any interest in studies for being on the net chatting with friends, downloading this and that or following your favourite star on twitter or Facebook is much more interesting. The problems of peer group pressure still exist as does bullying or getting mixed up in the wrong crowd. In a few words, children and teenagers now grow up far too quickly and with more stress on their shoulders.
For these reasons a proper teacher will always stop and think before moving on to approaching the student. Asking yourself ‘how would I feel if I were in Mary’s shoes… ’ enables you as a teacher to look at the student as a person. By feeling and seeing the world through their eyes and acknowledging the different social structure they are being raised in you are able to get a better scope of their deeds and actions.
Second Step - Never Patronise.