Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The lighter side of teaching....

We sometimes get too serious or academic about teacher development and forget about the 'fun' we have in teaching.  Let's listen to Rod Bolitho's response to one of the most amusing teaching experiences he's had.

What about you?  What amusing experiences have you had in teaching? Share the lighter side of teaching by adding a comment below.  No registration is needed and you can be anonymous if you want.


  1. I remember when I first started teaching in Turkey at Anadolu University, Eskisehir. I had a class of students who were trying to pass TOEFL to do their Master's in America. They would ask very difficult questions, and if I didn't know the answer, I said: "That's a good question, I'll check." Students looked quite shocked when I said this, so I thought they weren't used to a 'westerner' who could admit that they didn't know the answer. However, later on I got to know them better and they told me that my Canadian North American 'twang' pronunciation of "I'll check" sounded to them like a slang word in Turkish: "alcak", which apparently refers to someone who is a low life, degenerate fool. Thankfully, they did keep asking questions, and I used the non-contracted form of "I will check". Taught me the importance of teaching pronunciation and especially stress and intonation. :)

  2. This is something that happened to my husband many years ago when he first started teaching abroad - in this case in Libya.
    Day 1 - Take the register to get to know the students. look at first name "Please put your hands up when I call your name"

    The whole class of 20 + students put their hands up - and yes, they really were all named Mohammed.

    Lesson to be learnt maybe - get to know as much as possible about the class beforehand...