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?

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beckijsilver | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

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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.

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larrygates | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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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.

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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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.
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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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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.

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clairewait | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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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.

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stolperia | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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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.

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vangoghfan | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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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.

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lmetcalf | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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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.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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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.

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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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.

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shumzza | Student, Grade 8 | (Level 1) Honors

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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.

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ilovemusic1225 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Honors

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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. 

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swatishrivastav | (Level 1) Salutatorian

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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


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