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Do you take things personally?

How do you feel about your part in your students’ learning?  How much credit do you take for the progress they make?  How about their lack of progress?  Two ELT educators consider this issue.

In Cecilia Lemos’ post,Why do we take it so personally?, Cecilia anecdotally explores the idea that as teachers often take little credit for their students’ successes, but blame themselves for their students’ lack of progress.

In a related post, Henrick Oprea builds on the topic by suggesting that ultimately it’s because we care about our students that we face this negative spin.  In the end, there’s only so much we can do, with some responsibility on the student’s shoulders for their own learning.

What do you think?

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