The latest in our series of video tips is about being a teacher. What's important to you as a teacher? How do your students see you?

See what Christine and her students say and leave your comments below.

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Submitted by gaya on Fri, 06/18/2010 - 15:04


I really liked what Christine had to say about being a good teacher. And she gave good tips on how to remember names. I'll use that.


thanks for this. This was really interesting to watch. I really liked Christine too. She´s a warm and practical person, and you can see that she really cares about her students.

The part that stood out for me was the ¨individual needs¨section. She took the trouble of investigating and responding to the characters of her students, and factored them in as to how she delivered class, so as not to put embarrassed and shy students on the spot, and also deal with louder, more jovial students without repressing them.

Viva Christine, I shall endeavour to be more like you as a teacher.

PS. It was lovely to see how much the students noticed and appreciated Christine´s care as a teacher.


Submitted by Paraskevi Andr… on Tue, 06/22/2010 - 17:48


Genuine interest in students' abilities and personal needs/character is what counts most in class...despite having devised the perfect lesson plan and delivered it..

Submitted by Ivone Dezaneti on Tue, 06/22/2010 - 23:54


Hi everyone,

Great video thank you!

I liked the tips Christine gave for the first class. It is important to tell students what you expect from them at the very first day and by the students feedback on the video they like it "we are very clear what we are going to do in the whole semester". Thanks Christine!



Submitted by besherry on Wed, 06/23/2010 - 00:50


Christine must be doing a really good job, its not easy for pupils to feel that way about their teacher!

Submitted by khalidfuad on Wed, 06/23/2010 - 06:33



It is vital to have a good rapport with your students. You can build up this rapport through time but you should start it from the first day with your class.

Regards and best wishes

Submitted by dplanner on Wed, 06/23/2010 - 11:40


Really good video, and it also raised some really good points that deserve an entire topic on its own.  We as teachers should be aware of how we are perceived by the children we are in charge of.


Submitted by VIDYUT LAXMANR… on Sat, 07/17/2010 - 13:24


Honestly (seeing these short clips), I went back to my teens, when a lady in our neighbourhood, missing her son studying in a boarding school far away, got me involved in learning English.

I see many thoughts and feelings expressed by Chrstine were of major concern more as someone keen to help students rise above their potentials rather than just deliver a set of lessons. Indeed, Christine's genuine concern for a shy students' personal shell not being tampered with in the process of making them communicative is praise-worthy. Confidence in instilling values and setting Goals well in advance are certain to make students selfsufficient as the semester opens up as per set plan. She has a way of rolling in one, both discipine and respect for set Goals through student's individual effort, by way of evoking consequences of not abiding by the rules of the learning game. Her methods and the trust she has in them finally pay her in terms of being likeable, in spite of herself.

The presentation is a happy union of promoting prospective students to opt learning with her on one hand, and persuading budding teachers to at least try out some of her ways in approaching demands of teaching itself on the other. A set of clippings, less than five minutes (watched over and over), could virtually achieve so much is incredible to put it honestly and in plain words.

Thank you.



Submitted by LisaChadwick on Mon, 08/09/2010 - 18:25


Christine, must be so rewarding to hear positive comments like that from your students!

Submitted by kongochui on Fri, 08/27/2010 - 08:16

In reply to by Chandananana


I think it's great, for me, personally. Thanks for the hint.

Submitted by dumitrascumagda on Wed, 12/15/2010 - 19:30

In reply to by Chandananana


Good job, christine. I'll remember the tips about the names of the students.

Submitted by IrinaAlva on Fri, 08/13/2010 - 14:13


Congratulations Christina, you are really inspiring: teaching is more than just delivering a lesson as you´s really caring about  people, treating them with respect. Thanks.

Submitted by ELTinprogress on Sun, 10/24/2010 - 13:11


This video seems to be only 43 seconds long? But all the other comments would suggest it's much longer than that? Am i missing something?

Submitted by doina.obuzic on Sun, 11/14/2010 - 16:51


good work!

this is co-operation with students and a job well done!

Submitted by tpm85 on Fri, 05/27/2011 - 11:14


I really like the tip on remembering names.  I am absolutely awful at this!

Thanks Christine, great video!

Submitted by me3rag on Sun, 09/18/2011 - 13:04


It's very important for teacher to be loved by his students. He should seek to know his students' names, feachers, hobbies, abilities ect. But there is something that I notice here, that chrestine's students call her with just her name. They don't say miss or anything like that, Is it ok?

In the meddile east region, It is not acceptable to call your teacher with his or her name.

What do you think about that?

Submitted by Bakhodir Shokirov on Mon, 04/16/2012 - 16:42


The most important thing is that being an ideal person, I mean you must be module for your learners and then students find something in you, may be they try to be like you, and here begins everthing. In order to achieve this level, you should be flexible, active, to be friend, to be brother. Generally be closest person to them in their life.

Submitted by petsi on Wed, 07/04/2012 - 15:20



Great thanks for this video! I was very worried because I can´t learn all my student`s names which I believe is a matter of the utemost importance. Besides, it reminded me about how important is to set the classroom rules and goals from the very beggining. I´ll use Christinas tips...

Thanks again!


Submitted by ayoub5 on Wed, 07/04/2012 - 19:57



fro me ,i like it very much ,i try to do the same

there are some important things

thanks alot

Submitted by FOTEINI on Wed, 07/04/2012 - 21:32


A really nice video. It's always a good idea to get feedback from the students. We need to remind ourselves that being a teacher is not only a job but also a vocation. I'll quote something that I once read in a magazine :

In every school,

to every student

there’s a special teacher.


To every teacher,

to every student

there’s a special bond.


There’s a special time

when we go back

and say to ourselves

“That teacher

really cared!”

Keep up the good work!

Submitted by serensoto on Thu, 07/05/2012 - 15:27


Hello, sorry but I think this is just old stuff we all already know! yes, the names and being interested in students and all the soppy story of the mother or sister...ouch!

I have the impression you are always working with Far Est students, who are always so meek and willing to learn... Why don't you give advice on how to "win" over students who are obliged to study English but really don't want to? I mean, the "really difficult" classroom...Or on how to manage 120 12-year-old students in 6 classrooms (3 hours a week on each course...what do you do then?) That would be interesting!

Kind regards

Submitted by Daisy Torres Farias on Wed, 09/19/2012 - 14:29


I decided to use this video in class and talk to my students about what means tos be a "good teacher" in their opinion. Much probably I won't enjoy some answers...But I hope I can learn with them!

Submitted by ABs voice on Wed, 02/12/2014 - 17:17


I am very happy to see the comments of the teacher and the students. I have been practicing all the things what ever has been told in here for the past 10 years. Believe me it is just great and feels great. Thanks for posting the video.

Submitted by Halia on Sun, 04/27/2014 - 20:03


It was interesting to compare students and their teacher's responses. Christine is definitely a good teacher. She gives useful tips on how to deliver a lesson, how to behave and how to make your students learn. She knows her students and their qualities well. She sets real goals. She treats her students with respect. They love Christine, she isn't just a teacher for them, she is like a mother or an elder sister. Thank you for this video. It's rather instructive.

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