Treasure Island

Sylvia Chidi

(Germany)

A bad or a good teacher


A bad teacher is negatively pessimistic
A good teacher is positively optimistic

A bad teacher swears all the time
A good teacher cares in their prime

A bad teacher passes on rude fear
A good teacher has on good ears

A bad teacher discourages
A good teacher encourages

A bad teacher despairs
A good teacher prepares

A bad teacher likes to bitch
A good teacher likes to teach

A bad teacher shouts every moment
A good teacher scouts for every talent

A bad teacher is up for crude devices
A good teacher is up for good advice

A bad teacher lets students fight on in the dark
A good teacher sets students on the right track

A bad teacher feeds on their looks
A good teachers reads many books

A bad teacher sings along with wrong faults
A good teacher brings along the right results

Copyright 2006 - Sylvia Chidi

www.sylviachidi.co.uk

Submitted: Thursday, July 06, 2006
Edited: Tuesday, August 07, 2012

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  • Amitava Sur (8/2/2014 10:43:00 AM)

    Beautiful findings of the good and the bad qualities in a teacher all over.I expect all the teachers should go through this before entering the class rooms. Thank you Sylvia. (Report) Reply

  • Sekharan Pookkat (8/11/2013 12:44:00 PM)

    an average teacher reads
    a good explains
    a better teacher demonstrates
    and the best teacher inspires (Report) Reply

  • Hans Vr (10/15/2011 7:16:00 AM)

    Teachers are among the people who have greatest influence on the future of the world. Let's hope more teachers realise this. Well written, Sylvia. (Report) Reply

  • Dr. Ratan Bhattacharjee (1/31/2010 11:09:00 AM)

    Your frank comments on teacher reveal your honest mind. It shows how you care for good teacher-student relationship. A good teacher is a friend, philosopher and guide. A good teacher teaches the least and he inspires.
    best wishes from me (Report) Reply

  • Obinna Eruchie (5/25/2009 10:10:00 AM)

    it is true, a bad teacher usually has a bad relationship with students, while a good teacher usually has a good relationship with students. good writing. (Report) Reply

  • Ana Monnar (8/28/2007 7:22:00 PM)

    I loved it! This comes from a teacher of 30 years and still going. Thanks, you are so right. (Report) Reply

  • Cheryl Lynn Moyer-peele (7/28/2007 10:18:00 AM)

    Sylvia -

    Thanks for the precise advice. It's easy to forget some days, where our minds should be. I teach special education here in Montgomery, Alabama. You can read about my kids in 'Off the Record' or 'Gone Fishing' if you like.
    Once again thanks for all these wonderful reminders!

    Cheryl Lynn (Report) Reply

  • Rose Wilson (6/14/2007 5:44:00 PM)

    Fantastic, truly inspiring and spot on! I think I have always intended to be a good teacher, but have ended up as a bad one! I can truly relate to this, thank you for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Sierra M (8/6/2006 10:24:00 PM)

    This is so true. I would know because I've had both. Great job. *Sierra* (Report) Reply

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