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Only An English Teacher?

It is often said that students remember what their teachers did rather than what they taught. Have a think about it for a moment... Pretty accurate? Whatever your thought is, there is no question about a teacher's influence on the students and what sort of lasting impression would be left for years to come.

Let's go back to your student days. What kinds of teachers were there?

There may have been the old-school Mr. Domineer who had total control over the class no matter what, and everyone, including other teachers, were afraid of him.

Or it could have been a Ms. Bore who just rattled on and on and on and on while writing on the board with her back to the class.

Do you remember a Mr. Friend who was well, a friend, always spending his free time with the kids and talking about anything but school.

Or perhaps a Ms. Parent-No.2 who loved dearly, and found it hard to differentiate with who your real parent was at times?

How about a Mr. Bow-Tie who wore a different patterned one everyday.

How about a Ms. Bikie who rode a Harley to school, and was never seen without her cool rider jacket?

We could all honestly say we remember our fair share of teachers, more than the six examples here. However, we probably cannot recall in great detail what they taught, more-so what types of lessons and textbooks they used, especially in our elementary and early middle-school days.

Moreover, the teachers you remember or left an impression were not necessarily teachers who taught you directly - they could have just been any teacher in the school you saw everyday but gave them a nickname that stuck till now. So, can you come up with additional Mr./Ms. Nicknames(s) now?

Be wary of this next time you are at school. There is no knowing what kind of impression you are giving or will leave on the students, and what nicknames you have already. Do you want to be remembered as *Kowai Sensei or *Yasashii Sensei? *Itsumo-Okotteru Sensei or *Itsumo-Genki Sensei. You have no control on what the students will see you as, but you do have the control to show the best example you can be - friendly, caring, professional, and fun. That way, whatever impression you leave, you will have a higher chance of it being a positive one.

*Kowai = scary

*Yasashii = kind

*Itsumo-Okotteru = always angry

*Itsumo-Genki = always engergetic/happy

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