TEACHERS ARE PEOPLE TOO
CultureWorks teachers are a little weird. They’re real people.
I mean, they stand at the front of the classroom like ‘regular’ teachers. They give professional lectures and facilitate dynamic group exercises. What makes them weird is that CULTUREWORKS TEACHERS WANT TO GET TO KNOW YOU. Like, as a person. They’re weird because they don’t ONLY stand in front of the classroom, they also walk around the room and talk with you one on one. They go on weekly trips with you and scroll through your Facebook photo albums. Heck, I’ve even seen CultureWorks teachers exchange recipes, play squash, and sing with their students. Super weird, and like, totally human, right?
So the question is, what are you doing to connect with your teachers? Your time in Canada is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so don’t be shy! Here’s a couple of ideas to get you started:
#5. MAKE SMALL TALK
Easier said than done, right? Well, believe me, CultureWorks teachers like when you ask questions! The only way you’ll feel less shy around your teacher is by asking questions, simple stuff, like “How was your weekend?” “Have you seen (movie)?” “Is there a restaurant you recommend in the area?” Of course your teachers are there to teach you, and how better to do that if you are comfortable with them?
#4. CONNECT WITH CULTURE
Canadians all have a unique heritage. Just by asking your teacher’s family history, you’re learning valuable Canadian history and getting a better understanding of them at the same time. Take me, for example. My mother is German, and my father has Welsh heritage. Now you know why I like to tell people what to do while eating lots of bread. (I’m joking.) (Not really.)
#3. SIT AT THE FRONT OF THE CLASS
Hiding behind your laptop or texting under the desk at the back of the class will never connect you to your teacher. By sitting at the front, or near the front of the class, you will engage more with your teacher’s lessons and show them that you care, and are there to learn.
#2. WRITE A THANK YOU NOTE
You work hard, and so do your teachers. Taking the time to write a thoughtful thank you note for all the effort they put into your lessons will really mean a lot to them. I know this may sound strange depending on your academic customs, but in Canada, teachers respond kindly when they know their work is appreciated. This won’t guarantee you a higher grade, but it will give you a shared experience that goes beyond marks and tests.
#1. THROW A SURPRISE PARTY!
Last week some students threw a surprise party for teachers at our Oshawa/UOIT campus, which was AWESOME! Food, music, and loads of memorable photographs definitely showed the teachers that their students cared about them. Cool, eh? It goes to show that anytime is a good time for party time!
Reach out to your teachers. You’ll learn far more than a language! 🙂