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.He was teaching 18 year olds and instead of learning were more intent on playing with their mobile phones,which in my opinion should be banned from the classroom.

so why didn't he ban them from the classroom?

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Well Sly and Scott thanks for your replies, you are the gatekeepers of the forum ;-)

my question is really more fundamental , about teachers in classrooms, how do you know (or believe) you have done a good job ?

The way I found out I was doing a good job was when one of the other teachers had complaints from his students about his lessons. After the Head of the English Dept gave him the lesson plans for what she wanted him to teach, I went and looked at them. They were the same lesson plans that I was using, and I made them up myself.

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I was self-motivated, i.e. to do the best job I could. The clear non-interest/understanding and rudeness (or non-thinking, enjoying the non-pressure of a foreign teacher vs. the stricter Thai ones) of some of the students at the private uni I taught at could wear you down fast otherwise.

I lasted 4 years (money was good, though up to 100K in some months 0r $US16K per year - I was not a "real" teacher). Still, it was probably the most fulfilling job I ever had and being able to travel around SE Asia every 2 months or so was a great bonus.

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When a student "get's it." That is what motivates me. Could happen in a single class, when they suddenly go "snap" and something they never got before becomes clear. Or, if you teach (or are around) long enough, you won't know until years later, when a student comes back to you and thanks you for making a difference in his or her life. Try it....it is a high.

Of course, money also helps, as I need to eat and pay rent.

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I have taken a lot from the universe it my 63 short years and it is a way for me to give back some of the knowledge and experience that I have gained living in many different countries of the world, but been born in Canada. Besides what ever subject it is I am teaching, I try to teach people about life, as most of us have no one to guide us growing up.

I will work till 70 if I am employable teaching here, presently it allows me to save my savings before I receive a pension, in a climate that I enjoy.

It gives me a sense of purpose and being, part of the community where ever it is. I could not sit on a sofa all day.

If one person, or student sometime 10 years down the road does something or thinks something and remembers that they got it from me, I will roll over in my grave with happiness. Thatis my purpose.

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through the 8 years or so of dossing about on tefl ive found an avenue to properly consign myself to oblivion. I might be in it for the wrong reasons... :)

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He was teaching 18 year olds and instead of learning were more intent on playing with their mobile phones,which in my opinion should be banned from the classroom.

Going slightly off-topic, but that would be the norm for most teenagers.

I solved the problem by not only banning phones and laptops, but physically putting them in the rubbish bin if I saw them open in class. (Not one tough teenager dared to stop me - they probably thought I was mad...)

Back on-topic,I am motivated by seeing the look of happiness on my young students' faces when they have mastered what is for them a difficult concept or task. The 'Hey - I get it!' look is very satisying.

Simon

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I'm not a teacher,but have just had a friend return to the UK a very despondent man.Before he left he told me that the Thai's are just not interested in learning.He was teaching 18 year olds and instead of learning were more intent on playing with their mobile phones,which in my opinion should be banned from the classroom.

I've heard variations of that complaint from many NES teachers... "my class is not interested in learning", but I've seen the same class respond very positively to a different NES teacher; every time I hear a teacher say "I can't teach those kids anything, they're so stupid/inattentive/dispresctful etc" I know the teacher's in the wrong class or the wrong profession.

On the subject of phones in class, most of my students use the their phone dictionary applications - I encourage it.

Other teachers get the students to drop their phones in a box before class starts - that also works for them.

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