The last time I saw a student backtalking to a teacher, I was the teacher. It was several years ago, I was in my last year at art school here in Morelia, and was doing my social service at a secondary school around the corner from Bellas Artes.
I think I commited my most grave mistakes even before the student confronted me. I hated the job, wasn´t prepared for it in any way other than knowing English, and I basically saw it as something I had to do. I quickly grew bored with the work and so did the students. Once the students became bored, the disciplinary problems began. One student in particular, who was actually a pretty good student at the beginning, started acting up, talking during class, not paying attention, and not doing any work.
After countless confrontations between the two of us , I knew I really had lost his respect when after one class he asked me if I wanted to fight him to settle our differences, and he was dead serious. I stood there in disbelief, realising how much interest the students had lost in the class, because I had lost interest. I declinced his challenge, obviously, I wasn´t about to fight one of my secondary students who was half my age and about 30 pounds lighter than me. First of all I don´t fight, and second I only had a few more weeks to go on my social service and I was done. I wasn´t about to sacrifice all the hard hours I had put in up until then over this conflict. Somehow I managed to make it through the next few weeks, kind of just ignoring any disciplinary problems, at this point I really had no desire to try and resolve them, I finished my service and got out of there.
I may not have resolved anything at the time, but now that I´m studying to be an English teacher this experience serves as a valuable lesson for me. I look back now and realise all of the mistakes I made at the time, mainly loosing interest in the class which in turn caused my students to loose interest, which is where the diciplinary problems began. Of course,things are different now, I have chosen to teach English, any future job teaching English will be my choice, not an obligation. Now I realise the importance of keeping the class interesting for the students and for myself. I have a little more knowledge on the subject now. I still have my doubts on how to manage a classroom, but as with many concepts I have been introduced to through this TKT course, I believe it is up to me to do further research on the subject and put it into practice in the classroom.