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How do you sit behind the desk?


It may seem insignificant, but in class nothing is left to chance and therefore also sitting behind the desk can reveal a lot about the personality of a teacher.

You can say what a teacher is like by the way they touch objects or move around. In front of him or her, a teacher has the most demanding of audiences: students’ bionic eyes, attentive to minute details. The ones who first notice a change in your hairstyle, the only ones who notice an flawless make-up, or realize that you had a hard awakening.

And so in front of an audience like this, you must prepare with the same care that an actor uses to cope with the strict critic who will determine his or her success or failure tomorrow. With the same respect that a tenor shows his audience of experts who followed his appearance. With the same anxiety that accompanies a dancer in front of the watchful eyes of the teacher who notices the precision of movements of each part of his or her body.

Today there are (fortunately) new teachers and new ways of relating. But students are always there watching adults, scrutinizing them and deciding if they want to take them or not as an example.

How should a teacher sit behind the desk?

A bad teacher sits with his feet on the desk, because after all he is relaxed and is there by mistake. Things that interest him are all out of that room (or maybe not …).

And there’s the desperate and tired teacher who, at the millionth nonsense uttered by their pupils, breaks down, thus violating the first rule of the school: never give up!

There is the precise teacher who sits in the chair as if they were navigating a ship with their coat like that of an admiral and the posture of a commander. And it would be fine, if you lived in the ’50s.

Younger teachers, at school or at the college, do not sit behind the desk but on the desk. Watch out, if the elder and traditional Manager comes in…

Finally there is the professor sitting in his place facing the students who come to class early to organize him/herself and his/her thoughts, or to rest when the students are out of the classroom and observes them from afar as if it were a battlefield. He/she does so because during the lesson does not have time to sit down.

Some teachers walk around the classroom, scrutinizing glances, checking tasks, quelling riots or turning on threads or, more simply, touching the shoulder of the boy who doesn’t understand the task and just needs a boost. And teachers want to be there, in the right place at the right time.

And you, how do you sit behind the desk?

translation Mary Mocanu

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