Teaching in China is becoming a very attractive career. There are numerous local and even foreign teachers with millions of students from China and others from other parts of the world. As the number of schools continues to grow in this country, there are more opportunities than ever to teach in China.
However, there are several things that that can make any teacher lose their temper and result in them giving heavy punishments to students. Here are some of these factors;
Students who love to lie
Teachers expect all students to answer them truthfully, whether it’s about why you did not attend a particular class, didn’t do your homework or even why you are late for class. Most teachers find lying a huge insult to their intelligence and this will without a shadow of doubt annoy them. This is no exception in China. You should always make an effort of being honest to your teachers.
Most schools in China value discipline as one of their primary values. Instilling discipline is one the primary roles of each and every teacher. So, most teachers certainly get furious if a student fails to follow the simple rules and regulations put into place by these teachers. They always keep in mind that students who lack discipline will not fit into any society inside China or even in other parts of the world. This is of grave concern to them and often makes them understandably mad.
Incompetence among students
Students who are not willing to perform their duties to the best of their abilities are always a concern to most teachers. No teacher takes pleasure in pushing students around to carry out their functions and also to do so in an efficient manner. China, being a very industrial country, emphasizes efficiency right from the grassroots (schools). It is the responsibility of these teachers to ensure that students are efficient, and it hurts them to come across any student who is not willing to do so.
Teachers do put a lot of effort in their careers. And for this, they deserve a lot of respect from their students, the students’ parents, and also the society in general. Whether you like your teacher or not, respecting them goes a long way in helping you create a better relationship with your teachers hence making your process of learning a lot easier. Otherwise, they will be annoyed with you thus not be able to deliver their best.
Students who are a nuisance during class lessons are a source of fury to most teachers. These students seem to be stubborn adding to the headache of teachers. These students are always under punishment making the teacher look bad. They also disrupt everyone else in the classroom and, therefore, derail the process of learning even to those other students who are willing to pay attention. This makes these types of students a huge concern for teachers. However, most students are well behaved in China, which makes teaching conducive for foreign and also local teachers.
Students who do not have the drive to learn
Several students go to school just because they have to and not because they want to. Such students have no desire whatsoever to learn. They often cause serious concern for teachers because all good teachers are out to help students. The teachers will try to figure out how to help such students. In China, you have to be prepared and well equipped to deal with a few students (and their concerned parents) who do not care about their grades and making it through their exams since education is highly valued in this country.
As a foreign teacher, you may want to find well planned and organized sessions, clearly stipulated in timetables that should be followed by all your fellow colleagues and also students. However, in a few cases, this may not be the case. Most schools have these timetables but in some cases, they might not be well planned where you can at times find yourself getting confused and also clashing with other teachers in particular sessions. Some students are also sluggish in following these projected timetables. This can prove to be very frustrating to most foreign teachers. However, such cases are also very few in China.
Assistants that are not cooperative
Sometimes as a foreign teacher in China, you will need an assistant but find that assistant is not cooperative. These assistants play a significant role in guiding you on the operations of the school in general. If these associates become annoying and don’t perform their duties as expected, it may cause a huge disappointment among the foreign teachers.
Students who do not do their homework
Students who fail to complete or even attempt the homework given to them by their teachers often make them furious. On a few occasions, there may be legitimate reasons as to why some students failed to complete certain tasks they are given to do while at home. Failing to do the homework out of boredom or spite is difficult for teachers to deal with because it could mean that their future lesson plans will be confusing for students, or will need to be delayed.
Other uncooperative local teachers
As a foreign teacher, you always expect full cooperation and also positive relations with other local teachers for guidance, especially in your very first days. This may not always be the case and will therefore create a lot of disappointments for you. China, however, has very supportive teachers and you will have an easy time relating to most of them because you will be going through the same challenges.
Parent who are over-sensitive about their children
There several ways in which these type of parents annoy the teachers. Some of them include;
• Questioning your expertise.
• Complaining about the amount of homework you give their children.
• Refusing to believe anything negative you say about their child.
• Assume that their child is extra special.
These kinds of parents may cause great fury among foreign teachers.
The discussed above are examples of the things that may annoy you as a foreign teacher. However, they should not discourage from the many job opportunities in China. No student is perfect, and with your guidance hopefully you can inspire them to love learning and behave well.
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