I was just staring at the unfairness of life. Yesterday I asked my students if it was okay for them to have a favourite teacher and they all sang a big, excited “Yes!” but when I asked them if it was okay for a teacher to have a favourite student they all disapproved saying they would be jealous if that were the case and in that moment I wanted to bang my head. “Don’t teachers have hearts?” I wanted to ask them. I mean seriously, my heart is not made of plastic, is it? Besides, giving special attention to a student is not some treacherous sin!
I love all my students and they all radiate love and joy when I’m around. But they enjoy more freedom. They can admire a certain teacher and talk about her with twinkle in their eyes but being a teacher if I talk sweetly with a particular student and do that often, the others are sure to lodge a case of discrimination against me! This whole thing has left me baffled. Talk about equality! Talk about being the epitome of perfection! But I never said I was perfect. I’m far from it. I’m just a teacher and I should be allowed to make mistakes. Please! Just this one! I mean I am not trying to say I have a special student in mind. All I’m saying is that one should always remain open to possibilities! 😛
Being a teacher, I try everything to facilitate my students and make them feel happy and wanted. It’s important to me that they feel comfortable in my presence. I treat them all equally. At least I try but I also know I fail regularly.Talking about my failures, let’s just imagine that I have a specific student in mind whom I like a lot. What happens then? Does that make me evil in the eyes of everyone else? But why? 😦
I mean my students mean the world to me and I praise them when they make progress. I speak of their achievements in front of their classmates. Even when their progress is slow, I make sure everybody knows that they are showing improvement! And the best part is that I’m a teacher and a friend. See, I’m a complete package! 🙂 Am I still not allowed to have a favourite student? I mean it’s not my fault is it? Some students are just so adorable, they end up becoming the apple of your eye!
But I never said I have a favourite student. We were just discussing a hypothesis! 😛 Well, even if this weren’t a hypothesis, this is a secret I would never tell. 🙂 And you, my dearest, nearest student, if you come across this blog, just remain silent and don’t tell anybody that I’m talking about you! Ssshhhh
Written By Shumila Malik