AND IT’S SUDDENLY ALL I CAN THINK ABOUT.
I’m having this problematic moment where my advisors are telling me not to use words like “Okay” or “Anyway” when I transition because it’s unprofessional.
My initial reaction is to just tell them I don’t want to because it’s the way I speak.
Their other rationale is that it makes it unclear what I want while teaching.
While I DO want to be clearly understood by my students and so will probably seek to find more effective things to say, I also worry that editing out bits of personality will make it less likely that students will be able to see me as a person. My favorite and most effective teachers were not machines but people who cared deeply about what they taught and let that fuse with their content and teaching style.
This also goes back to a deeper issue that people like Jean Twenge are calling the GEN ME problem: that younger Americans are only focused on themselves. I think a way to address this is to also make it clear that teachers, cops, nurses, etc. are people with personalities too.
Will my “Teacher Voice” turn me into the authoritative enemy? Will it keep students from seeing me as a person worthy of consideration?
You are right here.