A common thing that many English teachers in Korea fall into is feeling like they need to be an Edu-Tainer (Education Entertainer). I think it's mostly because of how foreign English teachers are portrayed in the media: as clowns (Babos in Korean) or dancing monkeys. This means that some teachers always feel the need to "perform" and keep the students entertained, excited and happy no matter what.
I resist this at all costs for the following reasons:
1. I'm not naturally an "entertainer." I'm a bit shy and so being on stage isn't really something I crave or want.
2. Learning can't always be "fun." Sometimes, you need to memorize vocab, or explore a difficult grammar concept in depth.
3. Students are different. Some like being entertained, some like working quietly by themselves.
4. I'm all about student-centered classrooms. An Edutainer is all about a teacher-centered classroom, which is something that I think is really bad for students.
5. I consider myself a "real" teacher. I actually want my students to take my classes seriously and learn something. I think this is probably best achieved by taking myself seriously as an educator and not falling into the Edutainer trap.
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