Each class that I attend I can relate a little bit
better to my students. All teachers have been students at some point in
their lives but I think anyone could benefit from a little reminder of
what itís like to sit in a classroom as a student. Recently I have been
taking a language class at night and feel that I better understand how my
students might be feeling in my class.
I know I would benefit from doing my homework, but how
can I do it when thereís no time in the day? Like my students, my class is
twice weekly, and when my teacher gives me homework on a Tuesday when, I
wonder, am I supposed to do it to have it completed by Thursday? Itís not
much better when itís given on Thursday; an hour before I leave home for
the Tuesday class I am busy scribbling the ten sentences which describe
the pictures on the handout. Like my students, I know the importance of
homework but that doesnít make doing it any easier.
If I know the answer but the teacher is asking someone
else do I have to keep quiet? As my classmates struggle to reply I
desperately not only want to help them but I want to speed up the tempo of
the lesson. I know the answer. I understand the concept. I want to move
As a teacher I want to encourage all students, and I
want to give everyone an equal opportunity to respond. I often have to
remind students to remain quiet when it is not their turn. I find it
easier to be the teacher because of the control that I have, and the
frustration I feel as a student must simply be stifled.
It is extremely difficult to sit for 2 Ĺ hours even with
a break. Teachers have the freedom of movement not equally shared with
students. By the end of the evening not only is my brain tired from a full
day of thinking, but physically my body is more tired from lack of
movement than it would have been from a 2 Ĺ hour hike. Itís an exhausting
job being a student.
If you are one of my students and sometimes feel
frustrated or tired in my class or perhaps havenít done your homework, I
completely understand how you feel. This, of course, doesnít let you off
the hook. Your paragraphs are still due Tuesday.