This afternoon, I asked young teacher Miss Jenny Chan why she is so eager to improve her teaching and try out new teaching ideas, she said: “When a lesson goes well and I see that my students enjoy the lesson, it gives me a great sense of satisfaction. But when a lesson is unsatisfactory, and I see that my students aren’t excited at all, it pushes me to try a different approach or change my teaching method, because I want them to learn effectively, and enthusiastically.”
To me, the latter scenario is the real test of a teacher’s passion and professionalism. When a lesson goes well, we can easily rejoice in our success. But when a lesson turns out to be unsatisfactory, it’s tempting to blame it on the students. Do we do that, or do we then work even harder to improve our teaching? That’s what distinguishes the truly professional teacher.