What are some mistakes teachers make when teaching?What are mistakes that some teachers make when teaching? As a student, I see some errors from some teachers. like: "the teacher mockeries of some...

What are some mistakes teachers make when teaching?

What are mistakes that some teachers make when teaching?

As a student, I see some errors from some teachers.

like: "the teacher mockeries of some students,,,ect"

How can I help correct these errors?

Expert Answers
bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Your post reminds me of a student I taught in private school who attempted to correct me EVERY SINGLE DAY I taught him. He would question comma placement, alternate spellings of words, opinions that he considered factual, etc. Occasionally, he was right--and he was quick to snicker and gloat--but I usually had to politely explain why he was wrong. The other students in the class got sick and tired of his high-handed attitude and insulting manner as much as I did. Unfortunately, he had many weaknesses in English--unreadable handwriting, constant misspellings, run-on sentences, below-level reading and learning comprehension, etc.--yet instead of trying to better his own deficiences, he chose to try and correct the teacher. I sure was glad when he moved on to the next grade so I wouldn't have to deal with him again.

Teachers are not perfect: As one of the previous posts mentioned, humans make mistakes and show their emotions just as other people do. An experienced teacher will try to remain calm and patient in the classroom, but it's not always possible. I lost my temper most often over repeated disciplinary problems by students who had been warned and punished for the same misbehavior time and again. When administrative practices are weak in this regard, students learn quickly that they can exceed certain boundaries that most people--and especially adults--would not breach.

As for mocking a student, I had to bite my tongue many times to not mock the student I mentioned earlier. Teachers are adults, and they should recognize that mocking students is both unprofessional and immature as well as cruel. As for fact vs. errors, teachers should always be careful not to give incorrect information or exaggerations to a classroom full of students who are sure to be influenced in some manner. You will run across teachers in both high school and college who will exhibit deficiencies of some sort. I have had several college teachers (part-time adjunct teachers) who were so poor in their classroom manner and teaching techniques that I wondered how they were ever hired in the first place. As a student, you will have to learn to deal with this sort of problem; if you recognize a conflict immediately, you should attempt to switch classes and take your chances with another teacher. Sadly, educational practices are not without their faults, and no teacher is perfect.

clairewait eNotes educator| Certified Educator

If a teacher is acting unprofessionally, it isn't really the students place to correct him or her.  Unfortunately.  It would offend me to have my students talking about me to my collegues and/or my bosses about my behavior.

That said, some teachers are simply bad teachers, or practicing bad habits.  If you can't ignore it, or if you are the one who is personally under attack, I think there is probably an appropriate way to let the teacher know how you feel.  You have to be very careful not to cross the line of disrespect.

I'm a very sarcastic person, and my sarcasm has never been curbed at the door of my classroom.  On the other hand, I'm sensitive enough to know which students I can push and which ones to leave alone.  I try to have a personal relationship with my students and only use sarcasm when it will be truly effective or is necessary.  That said, I once had a student email me saying my sarcasm was really hurtful.  I was beyond impressed that she had the guts to say something and not at all put off by the fact that she emailed.  I made a point to apologize to both the individual and the class.  I honestly think a bridge was crossed that year that probably changed me as a teacher forever.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

If you want teachers to stop making mistakes, first stop having human teachers.  There is no way that any teacher can interact with 150 students or so each day without doing things that annoy some of them.  There is no way to teach lessons 180 days a year without making some bad ones.

If something is serious and constant (like mocking a student) maybe ask another teacher that you trust to talk to that teacher.  The teacher you trust can tell the other one "hey, I'm hearing some of your students saying ..."  It might be that the teacher doesn't realize what he/she is doing or doesn't think it could be taken badly.

larrygates eNotes educator| Certified Educator

As other posts have pointed out, teachers make mistakes; and I have been no exception. I have some students who on occasion point out my mistakes with not a little degree of satisfaction. Rather than challenge them or get into some other type of confrontation, I simply thank them for the correction and then remark that it doesn't bother me at all if my students correct my mistakes; because heaven knows, I am going to correct theirs. If I'm feeling especially vengeful (not often mind you, but I am human) I will add that only their mistakes will count. That usually silences the pseudo-expert in a hurry.

lmetcalf eNotes educator| Certified Educator

If the teacher is making mistake in the delivery in the content of the class, then I think you are within your rights to bring this up directly with the teacher. For example, if he or she has made a math error in a problem, ask your teacher for clarification. If a teacher uses words and you don't know what they mean, then you should raise your hand and ask for a definition. If the teacher is going too fast, you can ask him to slow down. If the problems are more inter-personal, like sarcasm or mocking, then you need to address that with whoever is in charge of your school.

beckijsilver eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think the biggest mistake I made earlier in my teaching career was to not treat my students as people.  I didn't take their views and opinions as valid because they were teenagers.  Now, I know that the best thing I can do for my students is to respect what they have to say and to truly listen to them.  There is a mutual respect in my classroom that comes from simply talking with my students rather than talking at them.  They know that I value what they have to say.

vangoghfan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I agree with pohnpei, and I also agree that talking to the teacher himself/herself is probably not the best idea. Talking to a trusted teacher about the other teacher may be a good idea. Even simply leaving a kindly phrased (or at least neutrally phrased) typewritten note for the teacher to read may be a good idea.  The teacher may not be aware of the impact his/her behavior is having.

stolperia eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Another possibility would be talking with the guidance counselor at your school about your concerns with the way the teacher is treating some of your classmates.

You need to realize that teachers are human and are not going to relate perfectly to all students all the time - just as all students are not on their best behavior, completely focussed on learning, 100% of the time.

accessteacher eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Well, if you are a student, I would suggest that you are not best placed to correct your teachers. If you really feel that your experience as a learner is suffering, I would want to complain to the administration of the school or college where you attend. If you try to challenge the teacher, he will only take offence.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
Teachers should not mock students. You can bring this to the attention of an administrator. Hopefully the teacher will face some consequences or at least be made to understand that mocking children is not acceptable and all children should be treated with dignity and respect.
shumzza | Student

Teachers get the answers wrong, take as if, at my school, my maths teacher gets nearly all of the questions answer wrong, so I think that some teachers in our school don't deserve to be here as they don't seem qulified enough.

I understand what you mean as I am (at times) in that position.

ilovemusic1225 | Student

Some teachers think that they are being beneficial but they don't realize that they actually make things worse. I have a teacher that is very unorganized with his grading, his way of teaching, and his lesson plans. He never has our grades done on time and sometimes us as students pay. I know students who have become ineligible for sports and extra curricular activities because his priorities are not correct. Also, rather than breaking down his lessons step by step, he gives us everything at once and doesn't explain things thoroughly. He goes over problems and does them rather than explaining how to do them. My peers and I have asked him before to change his teaching styles but he refuses. I'm not sure what more to do besides googling how to do problems and taking notes from the book. 

swatishrivastav | Student

while teaching, sometimes even the teachers go wrong.. while solving a question or telling a meaning but thats no mistake..  the biggest mistake a few teachers do is rather than accepting the blunder and correcting it they try to cover it up which is actually wrong


just-s | Student

i think that teachers sometimes don't go down to level of the student.

trina2005 | Student

teachers should be more relaxed and not so angry all the time

almcdowell-99 | Student

When teachers call out on students and embarrass them

e-squared | Student

I believe one of the greatest errors teachers make is trying to become friends with their students. The relationship between a student and teacher should be positive, filled with mutual respect, and professional. I see many young teachers that get caught up in trying to be a "favorite" of their students and lose their professionalism.

A second problem I see is when teachers make a mistake and try to cover it up. I am an imperfect woman. I make mistakes and I don't know all the answers. I think it is okay to say that to a student. I have said that I don't know the answer to their questions but will research it and get back to them. I think it builds respect. By trying to pretend we are omniscient we lose credibility.

mjones0108 | Student

I think the biggest mistake some teachers make is in not hearing their students. It is easy for a teacher to get wrapped up in his/her own need to "pontificate". Listening is a very important part of educating.

abhay1997 | Student
What are some mistakes teachers make when teaching?

What are mistakes that some teachers make when teaching?

As a student, I see some errors from some teachers.

like: "the teacher mockeries of some students,,,ect"

How can I help correct these errors?

Well i feel that teachers are human beings to and do have different reactions to situation. Well we shouldn't really feel bad if your tutor is not pleased probably because she exppected a result and probably let her down. I am also a student and not a teacher.

just-s | Student

well from my experience as alearner i feel that SOME teachers pay attention to the intelligent learners.

you know i take my hat out to my english teacher, he doesnt care about colour, wealth intellegent or not he pays pesonal attension to each individual in our class and is most willing to help at any time.

teachers should focus on each learner and not only the selective few...

ntensibe | Student
What are some mistakes teachers make when teaching?

What are mistakes that some teachers make when teaching?

As a student, I see some errors from some teachers.

like: "the teacher mockeries of some students,,,ect"

How can I help correct these errors?

Teachers should be moderators in classes.They should guide their learners and try to polish the learners ideas.Rebuking learners does not do any good to the learning process.

kavthuv | Student
  • Favourating Students
  • Discouraging student who are not very intellingent
  • Scolding them
  • Comparing sisters (if the elder one is intellingent than the younger one)
chrisangel | Student

talking too much if the teacher talks to much lots of students lose  interest and they daze  off

kaluki | Student

"How can I correct errors this teacher?" Loraaa, that's not your job. You're the student. Your job is to learn; the teacher's is to teach. That being said, of course, the teachers are human beings and being adults in a professional position does not stop them from being flawed...sometimes deeply flawed, as the evening news can tell us.

My suggestion would be that speaking directly to the teacher is not the most constructive place to start, unless you have training as a professional communicator. Start with someone you trust, for example, the counsellor. If your teachers are unionized, it is extremely difficult to deal with a poor teacher. But think about what you DO want moreso than what you DON't want. Then think about how to ask for that. So, not "I want the teacher to not be so sarcastic" but, "I'd like to feel that the teacher talks to the students respectfully and geniunely appreciates their inputs".

Again, this is not your job. You're the student, not the adult. Find an adult and give this responsibility to the grown-ups. If it is troubling you enough, perhaps consider finding a trusted adult to talk with about your concerns.

You sound like a very caring and responsible person. Care for yourself, too. You can help others best from a position of personal strength and self-respect.

bhawanipur | Student

As a teacher, I feel myself that I have lots of shortcomings. As I was in the Air Force, I am strict disciplinarian. Though iI have sporty nature, I dislike indiscipline. Now a days, most of the students of the rural area pay less ateention to study. Most of them dislike English and attend less classes. I become annoyed on them. Sometimes I rebuke also. We have ample teaching aids but unable to utilise them because of irregular electricity. I have realised my mistakes and I have been working on these. With the good students I am at ease and I help them fully.

I have not pointed out mistakes of others because I have mistakes of my own.

najm1947 | Student

Teacher student relationship involves respect for each other. Teachers prove themselves worthy of it by the subject knowledge, communication skills, understanding students' problems and kindness to the students. Students on the other hand earn teachers' respect through interest in classes, class paarticipation, completing assignments and understanding of the subject matter taught in the class room. These are not but some of the major factors for developing mutual respect.

Mimicking students is as bad as being disrespectful to the teachers. In my opinion, it is one of the the primary  responsibilities of a teacher to become role-model for character building of the students. If a teacher fails to do so and indulges in something which is below his dignity then an alarm has to be raised by the students and teachers (colleagues). The best forum for students is the administration of the college or school as indicated in the previous post. However, the colleagues can have discussion with the teacher concerned before reporting the matter to administration for the corrective action. The students are not expected to take the matter in their own hands as they are liable to offend not only the concerned teacher but the teaching community as a whole. After all communities have their bonds and they will protect each other against any other community, even if one their own members is at fault.