My world religions class last semester. I was so excited to learn about different religions of the world.
I ended up with a teacher who did nothing but read slides in a monotone voice and show movies EVERY single week without previewing them first, so sometimes we would watch something completely irrelevant for 2 hours. Movies are awesome once in a while, but how is one supposed to actually learn if there is no teaching?
I know exactly what you mean. This particular class where the thought hit me was a lesson on ethics and moral. And that could be really interesting! But it was just "Eh..." which sucks. The only interesting part of the class were two of my classmates mouthing off about whether or not we should celebrate the end of a schoolyear in church...
We were in the same boat then. People shouldn't become teachers if they aren't passionate about it.
I hear ya sister!
I'm studying to become a teacher, so encountering the teachers that really shouldn't be is so extra annoying. All you keep thinking about are all the things that you NEVER want to do when you're a finished teacher, you know?
Lol exactly! I just don't understand how someone can go through all the schooling it takes to become a college professor and still have not picked up any teaching skills whatsoever. It just shocks me! Good luck on becoming a teacher though!
One tip: It's better to be an asshole at the begining of the year/semester and lighten up than it is to be a softie and pretend you don't expect much and then grade like a monster lol. I much prefer the hard asses who tell me exactly what I need to do, over the wishy-washy (who says wishy-washy? not me lol) teachers who don't tell you what they expect from you.
You've probably already thought of this...but if you haven't, this will make your whole teaching expeirence way better. Your students will respect you and I love a teacher that I have respect for rather than a joke of a teacher.
I've been thinking that too! There was this one teacher in literature... no pedagogical skill whatsoever! He stood there talking (and I'm studying to become an English teacher so, he lectured in English) and no matter how hard you tried, the only thing you heard was him repeating 'So on and so forth.' a dozen times, and even though you took notes you could still look at the notes afterwards and just go 'What the F is this?' because you had no idea. Completely worthless!
I've already thought of that. My first internship ended about two weeks ago. The teacher I had to follow... she was everything I know that I NEVER want to become. It was absolutely horrifying. But I know what you mean - it's better to be a hard ass. Not only will that gain respect, when it turns out you're not a complete ass, but it'll keep the students in check when they know the rules. I tried it out on one of the classes during my internship. I gave them a week for an assignment (their schedule is a bit weird, hard to explain) so it was due the day before another assignment they had (from the same course). They'd had the other assignment since September. Guess who got almost everything handed in and who didn't?