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Mosaic: How do you feel about the students gain in power and the ambiguity of your loss of power? Is it really a loss of power? Can power be willingly handed over or must the handover be forced on the tyrant, the parent, the teacher?

Article published in the Teacher Development Special Interest Group (TDSIG), Autumn 2007, Issue 56 page 20. International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL).


I am a bit worried about the need for the use of the term power. As a teacher I have power, especially where I teach in Thailand as teachers are given a specific place in society. Do I need to have this power in order to teach or can I use my motivational techniques in order to make my students want to learn?


So where is the power that a teacher is supposed to possess? Is it in the position that teachers have in society or is it in the way that they influence the class to perform to their best? I would go with the later as having the power and being in charge does not necessarily mean that students will achieve.


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