Today’s blog post is not a typical post. It’s not even a paragraph-blogging kind of post. Rather it’s an invitation to discuss some questions that are on my mind today, so much that I can’t handle thinking of them alone.
If you have something to say, I’d love to read your opinion in the comments below.
Topic: A teacher’s responsibility for students’ successful performance.
1. How responsible are teachers for students’ successful performance of the target language they teach?
2. When do you know/feel you’ve done everything in your power to help students use the language?
3. How much control do/should teachers have over students’ ability to produce the desired output?
4. In the case of a rigid, institution-imposed assessment system, what should govern us more, our own beliefs about what “successful performance” means – or the institution’s idea?
5. What do you do when you realize/assume students’ (under)performance may be affected by your plan or your skills as a teacher?
6. In the case of #5, would you want help from others or would you prefer to deal with the issues alone? (only you know your students..). Would you want to talk about it? If so, how?…
I wonder what you think, and of course understand that every teaching context is different. Your answers would enrich my understanding of these questions, whatever context they’d be coming from. Food for thought!…
Thank you for reading.