The other day I had my first year, listening students respond to several questions about their teachers either in high school or currently at our “western-style” university. The following quotes written by them were broken down by me into two groups of people: Givers and Takers
“In speechmaking, as in life, not failure, but low aim, is crime” W.M. Parrish
Examples of TAKER-type teachers
V. F. “While giving a speech, the passion, the enthusiasm is IMPORTANT. Therefore teachers at our university should know this and do their best in order to present information with excitement. Even the topic is good but if a teacher is not interested, why the students should be interested?
G.D. “This quote is related to some of my teachers in high school and unfortunately with some teachers at our university. Because if a teacher doesn’t have intention to interest students with his lessons, it will be terrible either for students or for teacher. Teacher that doesn’t want to be interesting can’t teach or impress his students. The students will forget all his lecture after leaving the classroom because they didn’t listen. That’s why I think, low motivation of teachers is sometimes a reason why pupils don’t want to come to lessons.
L.M. – “My studying in school was free and many teachers even didn’t try to make students feel interest or comfortable. Their aim was just to say something according to the lecture and go home because they didn’t want work for low salary. So a lot of students weren’t interested in their subject. They all had bad marks. But if teacher had aim (high aim) to give knowledge, many students would have better degrees. I can say that the former, it can be considered as a crime.”
T.B. – “I guess, my refusing or neglecting to take many subjects like chemistry, physics and so on was created because of low-aim teaching; because teachers’ hearts were thinking like students were, about the end of the classes.”
R.N. – “When a speaker doesn’t believe in what he is saying or doing it without appreciation, no one is going to listen to him because everyone will start to think, “Why do I have to believe in what he is saying if he doesn’t?” I had an experience in school when our teacher of biology was always mumbling something and wasn’t interested in his own subject. So no one in the class really listened to him.
R.S. – “At school and at university our teachers are very different because at school the teachers always tell the students everything they should do and of course, help them. But at university…there is self-study. If you need it, please, study. I’m telling this to say that at school you just have to do something and it is all, but when you do the same at our university, you will fail. I think it is better to fail than to have low aim, not to just do it, but do it in the right way.”
S.N. – “When I studied in high school, my teachers motivated me to reach all possible and impossible goals in my life and it helps me a lot now. Aim means a lot for me, even in speechmaking. If you have aim, you can tell many interesting things. There’s no need to speak without aim, it will just be rubbish.”
A.O. “What about teachers? I think it is very upsetting when you’re listening to something that you are sure that is wrong. I had some non-educated teachers in the first classes and I didn’t want to learn anything. Then I found another school, where were perfect teachers. And I’m proud that I was learnt by them. It depends on teacher, will you study or won’t you?
I.U. As I understand this statement, it is about people who tell something but not in an appropriate way. For example at our university, many talk about improvements, about developing our university educational system, about decreasing price, but still we should pay more and more and to be honest, I don’t see big improvements, big changes in our educational system.
R.G. – In my high school I had a teacher, my tutor who was a very good, experienced specialist in math. Her speech was very clear and understandable, but she never tried to explain so that everyone could understand her, she quickly explained us the lecture and then she gave us quizzes and that’s all. She never answered the questions we asked her, she said, “You should listen more carefully next time.”
Examples of GIVER Teachers
J.A. “In high school I had a teacher of Kazakh language, a wonderful Kazakh woman. She knew perfectly Kazakh but spoke Russian with an accent; sometimes she made grammar mistakes or forgot some Russian words. But the main thing was that she was passionate about her country, her native language and giving pupils knowledge about that. She wasn’t a nationalist, as she respected other cultures but what she made was making us also respect Kazakh culture. It is a high aim, no matter what mistakes she could make while speaking Russian.”
G.N. – It’s really relates to my former teachers. Sometimes they used to talk about nothing, without aim. And it was boring for us to listen to them. I think that if a person is talking about something very actual, if he wants to talk about very important, it would be interesting to listen to him, even if his speech doesn’t contain different things like body language and so on. I mean if someone while making a speech has a great aim and he is interested in achieving this aim, it wouldn’t be a failure.
K.K. – “We need to have higher aim and never give up or quit from this goal. It is very important to struggle with the problems and to achieve your goal. And it is significant to have people that can motivate you to have a high aim. In school we often got across with that problem, because teachers are not likely to teach you to have a high goal. All you need is to have good grades and this is it. I didn’t like it, but now studying at our university, I feel that almost every instructor tries to encourage you to achieve your aims, they do not prevent you to do that. This is great.
A.D. – Fortunately this quote doesn’t relate to my teachers. Maybe I’m lucky? All I know and remember exactly is that my teachers in high school always pushed me to do my best. Especially my geography teacher, because I used to participate in Olympic Games and because of hard work mine and my teacher (she has spent a lot of time teaching me something new) I always had a great results. This knowledge helps me a lot too, outside the school.
In my school we always had to do our best if we wanted to succeed. There is a Russian famous quote about aim “a low aim for a low person.” I think so, if you have a low aim, you’ll have a low life; if you have a high aim, you’ll have a better life. So push yourself to do the best what you can to have the best.
A.K. One teacher in my school gave me a push to understand that we all have a purpose in this life and I believe that I can create my own one. It would be a crime if I had a low aim.
D.M. For example, when I was studying at school, everybody had to pass the UNT test. And the whole year before graduation all pupils of my class were preparing for it. My math teacher always was helping to us. We had extra lessons, she always explained us if we didn’t understand something. She said that we have to work and work, we shouldn’t be afraid of doing mistakes. Because doing mistakes we are becoming more experienced. If we do this mistakes at our classes, it means we will not repeat them on our UNT-test. And I absolutely agree with her and am very grateful to her. I think that we have to try and achieve a lot because if we try, we will achieve it. I hope so.