“Am I inadvertently irritating my students?”

There are certain things that you may not be aware of that will aggravate your students:

  • mispronouncing their names
  • making fun of them in front of the class
  • responding to their question by saying that you already answered that question earlier in the lesson
  • not giving them the opportunity to ask questions, e.g. no question slot at the end of the lesson
  • always focusing on and/or praising the same students
  • talking badly about their country
  • criticising the textbook (remember that they will probably have paid for it themselves)
  • ignoring them when they have clearly not understood
  • making comments about their appearance

Asking a trusted colleague to peer observe your lessons can be very illuminating, as can videoing yourself teaching.

Adrian Wallwork