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Dear Teacher: From a Student’s Point of View
This is how I feel sitting through your lessons.
As a student in your class, I wanted to make you aware of a few things. In case you hadn’t noticed, generally…
I’m well-behaved (most of the time).
I want to have fun.
I may or may not want to learn.
I enjoy talking and doing tasks with my classmates.
I don’t want to look stupid.
I don’t like using a coursebook. It’s boring, and it sucks.
I want praise from the teacher.
I want my classmates to see how clever I am.
If I don’t understand or am bored,
I’ll play with my phone and my classmates or ask to go to the bathroom.
I’ll start daydreaming.
I’ll feel stupid for not understanding.
I might ask my friends what you’re saying if I care enough.
You’ll have to work hard to get my attention back.
I’ll think you’re a bad, inconsiderate or uncaring teacher and resent you.
I’ll start to hate learning.
So that’s me. Thanks for listening.
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