We asked teachers about the things they would love to tell their students but they can’t and the response was overwhelming.
Things Teachers Would Love to Tell Students But Can’t
There are certain things that teachers would love to share with their students but unfortunately they can’t in their professional capacity. But some of these things, while perhaps controversial, could end up being a service to young people, if only someone would just tell them.
Teachers need to see both sides of the fence, they have to be vigilant for maintaining discipline in the classroom and to keep up with their jobs. It’s important to recognize the growing demands of teachers and give them the respect that is due. Teaching is hard work…and it is getting only harder with all of the budget cuts and increasing class sizes.
21 Things What Teachers Want Students to Know…But Can’t Tell Them:
Recently a survey was conducted where teachers were asked to nominate atleast one thing they would love to share in their classroom but can’t. The response was overwhelming where more than 50 teachers shared their thoughts and opinions. Here are the 21 most constructive thoughts from that teachers survey.
1. Learning all the theoretical stuff won’t help but life skills will
What’s more important is the life skills you learn while completing classroom assignments.
You learn how to argue effectively and communicate with different types of people. You learn how to listen to others and respond respectfully. You learn so much that you don’t even realize because it seems disguised by homework and essays. But really, you are learning to be independent adults more than you know.
2. Don’t waste this opportunity
If you are my student than it’s one of those golden opportunities that would help transform your dreams into reality. Please just know that I love teaching and I sincerely want to help you. But I can’t help you if you don’t put in the effort. I chose this job because I’m passionate and hardworking and I know my s—, and I will help you get to where you need to be. But you need to meet me halfway.
You may not realize how important it is to do well in school. You grew up in a tiny apartment in a horrible neighborhood, your parents aren’t educated, you’re working 18 hour-days, and your neighbors are selling drugs — and maybe you think this is all normal, but it’s not, and you have a chance to get out of this.
But you’re not taking that chance. And I don’t know what you think your life is going to be like if you don’t graduate high school and go to college, but you’re not going to get out of the South Bronx — you’ll be surrounded in this unsafe, crime-ridden neighborhood, it’ll be the same thing with your own kids.
It’s so frustrating because education opens so many doors, and people around the world would kill to have this educational opportunity. Malala was shot in the freaking head for it. And you’re just throwing it all away, and that makes me want to tear my hair out.
3. The world can be very harsh
Life is a struggle, stop underestimating your potential, you are much more than what others judge you to be.
4. Adults are not always right
Sometimes I wish I could tell you when even your parents are wrong about you.
5. You are much more than your test scores
Large majority of business leaders are college dropouts. All the standardized testing we do is so insignificant to who you will become.
6. I don’t like standardized tests either
They stress me out too!
7. Don’t Fear Failure
Defeat is the ladder towards victory, just don’t give up. I am here to help you succeed.
8. I love you lots …
Though I may not express but as a teacher I have affection towards you. But I may not like you at this very moment that you’re choosing to act out.
9. We’re not that different
I’m just as nervous as you are at the beginning of school.
10. Don’t sweat the small stuff
Your elementary years won’t have a tremendous impact on your academic, professional, or personal paths. I wish you could just enjoy these years of your lives. Have fun — you’re kids!
11. Always Be kind
Kindness is one of the greatest virtues of mankind. You’ll regret not being nicer to people that you had the chance to.
12. There are only so many spots at Harvard
Everbody wants to study at top notch university after graduation. Not all of you are going to an Ivy League school after you graduate.
13.Tests aren’t everything
This world needs smarter people. Knowing the answers to a test does not make you smart, there’s much more.
14. Learning won’t always be fun
Life is not a bed of roses. I know some of the things I have to teach and you have to learn are boring.
15. I’m also addicted to my smartphone
Just like you, I have to fight my impulse to check Facebook every day.
16. I respect you and wish you the best
I know that you are an individual with your own perspective and problems even though you’re only a teen.
17. If you don’t work hard, you aren’t going to get any better
Parents and students often come to school thinking that it is the teacher’s job to help you get smart — you are right. I can only help. Actual learning can only happen by the student himself.
18. I hate homework, too
It becomes more work for us to do during the weekends and holidays.
19. Learning is a life-long process
Learning cycle will continue till the end of your life. It doesn’t just live in a school.
20. I expect you to make mistakes
I won’t rescue you whenever you can’t figure something out. I want to give you a feeling of power and control for handling things independently.
21. We are a TEAM
If I am strict, it does NOT mean that I don’t like you…actually, it means that I care enough about you.