Teachers: Tailor how you treat students to optimise learning and lower anxiety

Teachers: Tailor how you treat students to optimise learning and lower anxiety

In a video for Unicef, one student hopes to show teachers how their actions can end up stressing students

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In her video Special Respect, Jeanie Cheung hopes to make teachers and parents aware of the pressures students face.

This video is based on my real life experiences. At the beginning, it shows a girl sitting alone in the classroom looking dejected. A teacher always asks her to run errands during lessons, like going up and down to ask for support from the school technician. But she is tired of this repetitive work, and she would rather stay in the classroom and focus on the study.

In another scene, the teacher hands out exam papers and rewards students who did well with chocolate.

However, the girl didn’t do as well; she only just passed the exam. When it’s her turn to get her result, the teacher gives her chocolate and says something sarcastic, which makes the girl feel very bad.

Teachers play a key role in guiding learning and meeting students’ needs. During tough times, a few words of encouragement from a teacher can help students overcome obstacles and manage stress.

School used to be like my second home, where I’d take refuge in a warm atmosphere. But after my recent move to high school, I’ve been feeling stressed and have found it hard to stay on top of study and balance learning with other activities.

Because of this, teachers give me special attention in the classroom. I understand they might do it with good intention, but being scrutinised like this makes me very stressed.

Students nowadays face heavy physical and psychological pressure. Teachers should know how their actions affect students, and avoid loading them with extra burden.

Through the video, I hope to draw attention to the pressure students are under.

I hope schools and parents can work together with students to create a better environment.

Unicef HK’s “Believe in Zero, Make a Video” competition gives young people a chance to express themselves through video. The project is co-organised by Unicef HK and the Hong Kong Arts Centre’s IVFA, with support from Young Post. Check out the videos here, and you can email your feedback to edu@unicef.org.hk

This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
Respect me, and I’ll learn

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