With having to teach 10 classes with 25 students in each class, sometimes I tend to forget their faces or names. In my other University where I worked, I had one class of 80 students, so 25 is a much easier class to deal with!
I’m slowly learning each face and their names, and I can usually remember their names when I see them. Although the ones that start with ‘A’ always confuse me, you can check out why here –All The Same Names
So I called the role (everyone was present) and I started class, playing a game in the first 45 minutes and then I would start a new topic. I put them into groups and as we were going through the game, I noticed that their was a girl in one group not participating at all. The other 4 were huddled together while she was turned away from them and was writing in her notebook. So I kept looking at her and I was thinking:
“She doesn’t look like one of my students….”
“Well in that group there is Cherry, Aom……so her name must be Aimee”
“But I really don’t recognise her face???!!!”
“God I must be an awful teacher…….”
“No….. I definitely didn’t teach that girl before….. she must be new..”
“Then there should be a student missing if she is new??”
So throughout the game I kept an eye on her and after it I asked her what her name was. She was looking through the list and then she writes her name down. Aimee.
Ok… so then I ask her “Are you a new student?”
No reply. All the other classmates are talking in Chinese, aware of what is happening.
I then say “Your face looks different”.
Still no answer.
So I’m still perplexed and thinking if I was that bad of a teacher that I never recognised her face…. having taught her 11 times already.
After class ends I call my teaching assistant student Daisy and I asked her if that girl was new. She replied that she isn’t in their class and she didn’t know who she was.
I heard from other teachers here that some random student would show up for a class that they aren’t even in. The real student pays them money to attend.
I never thought it would happen to me but it just has! A general rule with the English teachers here is that if they don’t show up for 4 classes then they fail the class. That is one month of class that they missed. So this girl has already missed 2 classes, and now this one makes 3. I’m tempted to just fail her altogether; it’s bad enough not coming to class and then not bringing a note or whatever to show why, but actually going to the trouble of getting someone else to attend their class and hoping that I won’t notice; that’s just rude.
I won’t have the ‘real’ Aimee until next week, so I’m not sure what I will do when I see her. I’m tempted just to fail her. If she wants to not come to class, then she doesn’t have to come, she can fail instead. I wouldn’t mind getting rid of an ‘Aimee’ I have too many ‘Aimee’ students!
So I’ll decide what to do next week with her, that’s if she even shows up!
But this has taught me a new lesson; always make sure there are no impostors in my class!