TaiwanVisitor12321 wrote:I'm not so worried about the "bully"... that's a longtime student who thinks she's clever/cute when she acts that way. I kind of went on a tangent there about her. The point was that generally students in Taiwan (or at least mine) show a lot of disrespect (or at best, apathy) toward their teacher.
I just don't get this thing where they think if they waste class time they'll learn more. Why is it better to sit there letting me ask people three or four times about the topic of the day's discussion than to just give me the stupid answer so we can get on with it and learn something? Path of least resistance and all that.
Taiwanese students actually show a lot of respect for their teachers, but only Chinese teachers, and even then only at "real schools". They know that their parents pay money to send them to cram school, and that cram school owners bend over to take it in the ass for business, so they can all sorts of misbehavior that they would never dream of doing in public school.
Sure, our job title has the word teacher in it, but neither the school nor the students will really view us as such. We're just a marketing tool, something to prance around the school to attract parents. Hell, where I work at, the Chinese teachers and the even manager don't even try to hide how they feel, which is that they do all the real teaching while foreign teachers are just here to clown around. And they convey that to their students too.
It's not that you can't try to be a real teacher, you just have to understand that the odds are stacked against you and you'll either have to put in at least twice the effort to get acknowledged or do the bare minimum to get paid.
As far as the answering questions thing goes, that's just the way the Taiwanese education system is. Taiwanese students feel that teachers know everything, that their word is the law, and they should teach the students by just telling them everything. Asking students questions is sometimes seen as a weakness, as if you don't know the answer yourself. Also, students feel that it's a waste of time to venture out an answer because no matter what they say, you'll have a better one, so they don't want to waste time and just want you to tell them the correct answer.
Unless I have a class with students who actually participate, I just end up answering my own questions. It's much easier this way. Or, like the above poster mentioned, have them ask you questions that are related to the topic at hand. Class goes much smoother this way.