What Makes a Teacher Unpopular with Students

Han Yu, a great Chinese thinker, says in one of his articles that the goal of a teacher is to propagate the doctrine, impart professional knowledge, and resolve doubts, so in all countries all over the world a teacher serves as a medium between knowledge and students. But how to achieve this goal?

To a great extent it depends upon whether the teacher is equipped with some special qualities which are not necessarily required for people in other occupations. If a teacher lacks one or several of them, chances are great that he will be unpopular with students, and his teaching will not be as effective as it should be, either.

Unpopular means lacking acceptance and approval by others. Why are some teachers not accepted by students? Comparing them with popular teachers you can see that they fall short of the following expectations of students:

Depth of knowledge about the subject

If a teacher doesn’t have a profound knowledge about what he is going to teach, it is likely that the whole teaching process will be a nightmare for both the teacher and students. There is irrelevant mumbo jumbo flowing from the teacher’s mouth and before long students will feel bored. So preparation for the lesson is of great importance for the teacher.

Plus, a teacher should be a good learner, for the world is changing so fast. If he wants to keep up with the time and makes his students feel that he is capable of imparting knowledge to them, the teacher should learn to master new knowledge. Only in this way can he transmit knowledge with clarity in innovative ways.

Necessary expertise of teaching skills

Having enough knowledge doesn’t mean that the teacher will impart it effectively to his students. He must have the expertise of teaching skills. If not, he will not be popular with students. So before going into the classroom, he should ask himself such questions as If the Method is suitable? Is the organization of the class scientific? Can all these attract students’ attention? If the answer is yes, it means that his preparation is fairly adequate. Then he should be ready to deal with the emergencies which may arise in class. If he can’t, he still will lose his position in his students’ hearts.

Sense of responsibility

A teacher without sense of responsibility is surely not popular with students. Each student has a dream toward his future. He also knows that he must be equipped with the necessary abilities to cope with a society with fierce competition. Quite possibly he will anchor his hope in seeking for the teacher’s good advice and timely help. When there is no response, the student will lose interest in the teacher’s lessons and then the teacher. So the teacher should be able to have control over the flow of the whole class and try his best to meet the needs of every student.

Sense of humor

A teacher with humor has personal charm, which can gather others around him. It is much easier for him to interact with his students successfully make his class full of laughter. Students surely will be more active in his class. Humorous words can dispel the previous tense atmosphere and help establish a more harmonious relationship between the teacher and his students. If he lacks such a personal attribute, oftentimes there is a gap between him and his students.

Warm affection toward all students

Warm affection toward all students means showing respect, patience and no bias toward everyone. Teacher is the catalyst in the educational change to fuel the self-consciousness of all the students. They are all equal before education. Discrimination may deprive the teacher of his popularity with his students. A teacher should cast his love on all his students. He can scorn none of them. If he favors some students and ignores others, he will one day find that he has lost popularity in the hearts of most students. Without their support, how can he perform the function of a catalyst well?

All in all, in everyone’s mind, there is a different Hamlet, but there are still some common reasons, as listed above, resulting in the unpopularity of a teacher.