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Teaching In Zhengzhou



Teaching In Zhengzhou


As I posted in my last article here, I came to Zhengzhou at the end of August, 2011. At first, I thought I'd stay here until June, 2012. I figured I'd go back to the U.S. then, and join some friends in their business ventures. I'd look back at my time here in China as a memorable experience of my life and relish those memories.  


Teaching In Zhengzhou
 
As I posted in my last article here, I came to Zhengzhou at the end of August, 2011. At first, I thought I'd stay here until June, 2012. I figured I'd go back to the U.S. then, and join some friends in their business ventures. I'd look back at my time here in China as a memorable experience of my life and relish those memories.

However, I found a passion for teaching English here. It also helped that the students that I've taught liked my teaching style. I'm now teaching some of the same students for the third term. More than anyone else, I am surprised at the dramatic difference in their oral English abilities. I give my students a lot credit. I feel that I've been blessed with some very smart students.

I spoke to a group of about 300 Chinese English teachers a while back. My presentation was to be 3 hours long. I ended up teaching them for just over 6 hours. I focused on two main principles that I feel are necessary in being an effective teacher.

First, I told them, "Your students MUST like you if you are going to be effective in teaching them.” Second, I said, "In addition, your students MUST respect you if you are going to be effective with them.

In 2005, I sold some buildings that I owned in Texas that housed a private school that I had taken responsibility for. The school was small with around 750 students from middle school through high school. I served as the president of the school board and also taught a few classes there.

The school had encountered financial problems when I invited them to move into my building in 1993. I gave them over 20,000 square feet (1858 square meters) of space at no cost to them. I ended up owning the school by 1998, taking full financial and administrative responsibility for it.

With the cooperation of some really amazing teachers, administrative assistants and an outstanding and quite generous school board, we turned the school around. It became quite successful both academically and financially.

Every meeting that we had with our staff and teachers, I reminded them of these two principles in effective teaching. The key to gaining and keeping the students' respect and them liking you as a teacher, created the perfect balance for success in our school.
Even when we made mistakes in leading the school, these two principles proved powerful in keeping the balance and producing positive results for students and our school.

I recommend that every teacher make the positive effort to balance these two principles in their endeavors while teaching English here in Zhengzhou. It will make your experience much more enjoyable and will produce results that will reach farther than your abilities and, last much longer than the work you do here.
 
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Michael Murphy - - Mo Wen-Long
 





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