As a blogger and a teacher of English, I have a habit of reading a lot of posts and other internet sources to keep myself updated with what is going on in E.L.T. and what other teachers are doing to promote better learning in classrooms. I also like to think that this habit is most beneficial for me that I usually feel refreshed especially when I read reflections of those who try new practices or integrate technology into their lesson plans.
However, life in reality is never so perfect and teaching is never a walk in the park at all times.
My students don’t even know why they are at school. I ask them what they hope to gain from the day ahead, the response is a group of individuals with empty looks. They at times get bold enough to counter ask ” What sort of a question is that?”.
Hard to admit, but it hurts. It is so painful to have to share the same setting with such characters that I happen to lose passion for my work at times.
I still do my best (Or I presume I do that) to change things around and act in accordance with my unshakeable belief that teachers are powerful enough to transform others. However, my students usually tell me that they attend classes only not to fail due to inattendance because they believe they can pass the exams if they can ever take them.
Well, in fact, it is not all their fault or mine at all. Those students I have to teach English are reflections of a community where it is a common practice to look for a short cut to success and make up excuses for failure and even put blame on others for one’s own deficiencies.
Then is there a solution? How can this problem be tackled now that it is larger than it actually looks? Honestly, I do not possess an answer. All I know is that there is such a reality as students who do not care about anything or anyone because they have no idea whatsoever of who they are or what they expect from life. I feel sad to say at this point that no great theory, approach, method etc. could be of use given the circumstances.
The use of iPads and other technological stuff to empower learning? C’mon, don’t make me laugh!