Never underestimate how teachers can affect how much or well their students learn

Never underestimate how teachers can affect how much or well their students learn

Punishing students doesn’t help them understand the lessons any better; you need patience and kindness to reach them


ypo_April 8, 2016 Timeout Unicef column Aadina Tabasam How to be a good teacher video frame capture

My name is Aadina. I am a Secondary Two student at Delia Memorial School (Broadway). Even though it’s only my first year in Delia, I have a good relationship with the enthusiastic teachers. It is easy to make friends in school because I know many people here.

I was born and mainly educated in Hong Kong. However, my family is from Pakistan, and we returned there when I was three years old. I came back to Hong Kong when I was around seven. I am very thankful to my family and teachers who have supported me a lot. But I have also met some teachers who are not very good at their job.

My video, How to be a Good Teacher, is about a teacher who I met in primary school, when I had just returned to Hong Kong from Pakistan. In Primary Two, one of my teachers was very rude. She would punish students when they couldn’t read Chinese words. She was angry with some of the students from Primary Five and Six. She wouldn’t talk to them, but she would punish them even when they were just a little bit naughty. She didn’t teach well and I couldn’t learn any Chinese or English. It made me really upset.

Fortunately, I met a very good teacher when I was promoted to Primary Three. She was really nice and she helped me a lot in my studies. She often stayed after school to teach me. I really appreciate her efforts.

Through my video, I would like to tell teachers that they shouldn’t punish students even if they are naughty. If one method doesn’t work, they should try other ways. I believe there is always a way out.


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

This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
How to be a good teacher


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