10 year-old teacher
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- DEBATE POINT: How would you feel if your teacher was 10 years-old?
- DEBATE POINT: If you could teach any subject to your classmates what would it be? Why?
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Thank you all for taking part in today's 10 year-old teacher debate! We've received lots of great comments today and have done our best to get through as many as we could.
We'll leave the last word today with Vijaya International School in Agra, India, they write:
"Dima is encouraged to teach in his school because he has the full support of teachers as well as students. It is an extraordinary act - knowledge is not concerned with age. Knowledge and age are two different aspects. Even a child can do better than a mature person or adult. Knowledge is not bound by physical appearance."
Jordan from Troedyrhiw Community Primary School in Wales writes:
"I think that teaching as a child would be really good for us because you feel a part of something and you can work with kids for the experience. If I could I would teach physical education or ICT.
Thanks very much for your comments today Troedyrhiw Community Primary School!
Nathan and Codi from Milbrook Primary School in Hertfordshire, UK write: "On one hand, Dima should be teaching lessons because children feel more comfortable with someone their age teaching them because they feel they can ask him anything. Furthermore, if the teachers and head teachers think that he can teach others, then why shouldn't he teach maths lessons? Another reason why Dima should be a teacher is because he is extremely talented! Dima should be allowed to teach so when he has to find a job it will be easier to find one."
Sean adds: "Dima is getting smarter and teaching more of the children. It could be that he does not shout at them is nicer than the adults. On the other hand he should not be a 10 year old teacher because he is not fully qualified and is too young."
Thanks to Wade, Krystian, Kieran, James, Gabi, Emma, George and everyone else at Milbrook Primary School for your great comments today!
Pooja standard 11th from Panini Jnanpeeth in India write:
"As a child Dima has all the potential to teach a subject like maths to his own age group. He understands the problem a child of his age faces to get the topic. By doing so he is all available to solve the queries arising in the minds of his classmates."
Kadambary adds: Maths is another language. It can be understood if supported well by language. Maths can be made easier if it is explained well in terms of language. Maths solves all the riddles of life if given the lingual support."
Colegio Newland in Queratero, Mexico have shared this picture of them taking part in today's debate. Thanks very much guys!
St Mary's CEP Primary School in Folkestone, UK have been discussing having a 10 year-old teacher. They write:
"We have discussed teachers of different ages teaching us, it really doesn't make much difference if it was a younger or older teacher, except that as some classes play up for supply teachers we might play up for a 10 year old teaching the class."
They add that Dima is encouraged to teach in his school as:
"He knows how to communicate at a child's level, he'll learn himself from teaching others and it might help him to improve himself/levels and teaching, as well as those of the younger children."
Thanks very much St Mary's CEP Primary School for all of your comments!
Chloe from Ranelagh School in Bracknell, UK writes:
"I think that having a 10 year old teacher would become awkward and I would become jealous of their intelligence and become ashamed of mine. However it may give children a chance to see what it's like and it may improve the respect between student and teacher. I think it may create boundaries between teaching and social life (in the playground and outside of school.) Is it stereotypical to say that you only get taught by older people?"
Amulya from The Sagar School in Rajasthan, India writes:"If the 10 year old teacher teaches well and clears all the concepts in the lesson then I would feel proud and honoured to have a 10 year old as my teacher."
Arnav says: "I would feel both good and bad. I would feel good because he would be my junior and would be teaching me so he would feel proud of himself. I would feel bad because instead of being his senior I could not do better than him."
Hanan says: "There is nothing wrong that a 10 year-old can teach a 15 year-old. He has the capacity to make anyone understand but experience also matters. There is a big achievement if a 10 year old teaches."
Varun writes: "If my teacher was 10 years old I would feel very comfortable because I could treat him as my friend and when a friend teaches you something it would be hard to forget and easy to remember. Teaching would also be fun and not boring. We would all have fun with him and he could guide us."
Mi Ji Jung adds: "If my teacher was 10 years old I would respect the teacher. Most of the people think that the younger ones don't know much but for me that is not true.
Teachers teach us because they are wiser than us, they also teach us as they can even understand us. If my teacher was 10 years old, that is because he/she knows more than me and because he or she is friend of mine so I would feel very comfortable and I would be very proud of him or her."
A pupil from Vijaya International School in Agra, India writes:
"If I could teach any subject to my classmates, I would choose science because I would like to make them aware of the natural disasters, environmental pollution and their causes and effects on our green planet."
Another pupil adds their view to the argument about maths being like any other language. They write:
""As a young mathematician you might have command over the subject or the figure of language. But when we go into its complexities, various mathematical techniques have to be made. So I don't agree with the statement, 'Math is just another language' because a young person has to practice the subject in the higher order."
Colegio Newland in Queratero, Mexico write:
"We were talking about what it would be like to have a very young teacher and we have reached the conclusion that is a good idea. We can relate with them in a different way and have more examples from our own experiences and understand much better.
On the other hand, it would be important to understand the relationship with this teacher/student and not to cross the boundaries."
Ethan from Troedyrhiw Community Primary School in Wales writes: "I think teaching at 10 is kind of cool, there should be a genius at English and maybe Art. They would be good for a 12 year old to teach."
Jake writes: "Personally I don't see the point in teaching at 10 years old if you're not going to get anything in return. When I grow up I think I would be either a professional darts player for south Wales or a car manufacturer."
Kacie says: "I would like to teach PE as it's my favourite subject and I'm really sporty and into a lot of sports!"
Ffion adds: "I would like to teach art because I love drawing, I'm really into it and I would love to teach it to younger kids!"
A pupil from Vijaya International School in Agra, India writes:
"If any subject is given to me to teach I will teach science as a subject because it is a logical knowledge. At each and every point it is concerned with why and why not. It is concerned with initial and points. And it is concerned with why, what, where and whom.
We get advance knowledge through this subject. It gives a very clear picture of each and every aspect."
Brodie and Jordan from Milbrook Primary School in Hertfordshire, UK write:
"He should teach the children because he has more energy than the teacher. Moreover the children seem to enjoy their lessons more with him teaching them. He really enjoys teaching the children."
Lucy writes: "I think it's a good idea that a 10 year old boy should teach maths because it supports the teachers. The teacher can't teach everybody at the same time. On the other hand some argue that a 10 year-old boy shouldn't teach a class because he might make some mistakes."
Cameron says: " Firstly, its a good idea that Dima should be a teacher at only 10 years old because he can help other teachers teach everybody at once. Some people say they prefer Dima because his lessons are more fun and he can relate to them."
Alex and Faith add: "Dima lived in Ukraine and only came over to the UK 3 years ago so if a child came to Dima's maths class he can communicate with them. If he wanted to be a teacher when he grew up he has already achieved his goal in his younger years. Also he is more like a friend than a teacher."
Greetings to Year 6 from St. Paul's School in London, UK. They write:
"We think that having a 10 year old teacher might become awkward. Being a teacher in class and then being a friend in the playground might not work.
Secondly, if a younger child was teaching us, we may feel a little jealous of their intelligence. Furthermore, teaching children can be demanding and stressful which might be difficult for a 10 year old to cope with."
Diana from The Sagar School in Rajasthan, India writes: "If I would teach lessons to my classmates it would be good and nice. It is because whenever they visit Korea they can communicate with the Koreans in Korean language. It is because most of the Koreans do not understand English."
Vedant says: "If I could teach a subject to my classmates, it would be English because it my favourite subject and I am good at it."
Mandy writes: "If I could teach any subject I think it would either be Science, German or Art because all of these subjects are the ones which are my best and would be more capable to teach them. Not only that but these subjects are all interesting and I would not feel bored teaching them. I chose these subjects because if a teacher does not have interest in his/her subject then how will he/she expects the students to have interest in the subject."
Archna adds: "If I could teach any subject to my classmates then it would be history because many people regard history as boring and not necessary in life so I would like to change that and show them that history is first a story and how much it is important to learn about our ancestors and the struggles that people have faced to achieve such things, should never be forgotten."
Danville Park Girls' High School in Durban, South Africa have shared this photo of some of the older girls assisting the younger girls. They do this after school and at break. The girls are appointed and then undergo training.
They've also added some comments about our debate film (right)
Jean-Mari writes: "I think they are proud to have such a young student teaching them"
Aimee says: "Maths can be considered a different language and it is timeless and it is something you will always know how to do like you know how to speak a language."
Kiara says: "It is true Maths is a totally different language and you need to think in a completely different way.
Lameez says: "I agree that Maths is a language. At times it is fun and at other times it rattles my brain and I do not understand the language!"
Cassidy and Jenna from Troedyrhiw Community Primary School in Wales write: "I think children should teach as it's a good chance for them to learn to be a teacher. The subjects me and my friend would pick are art, maths, ICT and PE."
Liam writes: "I think in class it should be fun to learn English and maths. When I'm older I want to be a football coach so teaching would be good at this age."
Josh and Drew add: "I think that teachers should let pupils do it more because it gives you job experience and you can develop your skills. Me and my friend would like to teach PE and Art ."
Thanks very much guys!
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Vijaya International School in Agra, India have written in to share their views on maths being another language. They write:
"Math is not just merely a subject but an integrated expression of thoughts and intellectuality. It has its own kind of script and understanding as any other language has.
Communication can only happen between two people, when they understand that language. Similarly, Mathematics can also be understood by them, when they know it. Otherwise a rapport cannot be established between them.
Once we entered in the world of maths, we just lost ourselves somewhere in the riddles of numbers, and started communicating accordingly.
It is easy to understand and communicate, the only thing we need to have is a keen interest to learn."
A very good point there, thank you very much!
Mary and Rumyantseva from Gymnasia 9 in Simferopol, Ukraine write:
"We have watched this video with great interest. This story about a young teacher has encouraged us to work harder on learning English. We are proud of our Ukrainian boy and would like to speak English as fluently and as well as he does. We have an opportunity to feel like a teacher once a year. We get to see for ourselves how difficult it is. It's a pity that our Ukrainian schoolmates don't accept our pupils as teachers. It's interesting that Dima's teachers enjoy his lessons; this boy makes the lives of his teachers and classmates easier."
Bailey from Milbrook Primary School in Hertfordshire, UK writes: "One reason for Dima being a teacher is that he likes working with the children in his class. Also he loves teaching the children in his class because they think he is a great teacher. On the other hand he is too young to be a teacher. Moreover he doesn't get any money for his work. We think he should be a teacher because he can teach them how to learn at school."
Lewis and Abbie add: "The children in Dimas class enjoy the lessons because he sometimes gives them easy work. In addition he is extremely kind to them."
Matthew and Callum say: "His mum might not be happy with him teaching other students because he might get a sore throat from shouting. Unfortunately he does not get paid for doing this job. Is this fair?"
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Pupils from Glisten International Academy in Jahi Abuja, Nigeria have got in touch to share their views on having a 10 year-old teacher. Nawal writes:
"I will feel ashamed and will obey the teacher but if he teaches me something lower than what I have learnt in a particular topic I will also teach him what I know."
Jessica says: "I will feel elated yet embarrassed for myself and try to work harder to become just as good or maybe even better."
Aisha thinks: "I will be ashamed of myself that my class teacher is younger than me but I will always listen to what he teaches me because he is more knowledgeable than me in that area so I'll have to learn what I am being taught."
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Seb from St Mary's CEP Primary School in Folkestone, UK writes: "I would like to teach PE as I like it and it's my favourite subject. Football or Rounders would be specialism"
Kian says: "I would teach Science. I really like it and have always loved it, fundamental physics and experiments would be the best part and everyone agrees about this."
Amelia would teach: "PE and specifically GYM. I find it easy to do and therefore easy to teach but would need to find different methods if they found something hard"
Emily agrees: "PE and GYM. I do Gymnastics club and already teach my younger cousins"
Their teacher adds: "After SAT's in Term 6 these 4 children would like to teach some children in KS1. Emily & Amelia said they would work together and as they are bigger they would look up to us and we could make it fun."
Christy from The Sagar School in Rajasthan, India says: "If my teacher was 10 years old I would obviously be amazed to see that a person younger than me is much more learned and experienced, if that is the case. Nowadays there is no limit to education, a 96 year old woman can become a graduate; a 8 year old boy can become the head of an institute. With the advancement of technology, globalisation etc the human mind has evolved to a great extent."
Aaron writes: "If my teacher was 10 years old, I would feel happy. I could be open in asking questions about the subject to the teacher. I might also learn and understand easily."
Vanessa adds: "I would feel a bit weird because I am elder to the teacher but I would also be interested in the teacher because I would think that the teacher has more knowledge than me, so I would be happy to learn anything from my teacher whether he/she is of any age."
Topkapi Doga Elementary School in Istanbul, Turkey have got in touch to tell us about unusual lessons in their school. They write:
"Ecology, Creative Thinking and Thinking Skills are three unusual lessons in Doğa Schools. They're unusual because we have never had such lessons in other elementary schools; also we do interesting activities during those lessons like growing plants, playing attention improving games etc."
Nan Jung Junior High School in Kanting Pingtung, Southern Taiwan write:
"If this situation were to be had in Taiwan, students may feel ashamed that such a young person is teaching them. Due to the Taiwanese traditional mindsets, communication between teachers and parents may be difficult. Age is a highly respected aspect of our culture, so the teacher may be subconsciously judged.
In conclusion, we hope Dima will continue to teach students as long as he is able. This world needs to encourage his genius."
Thanks very much Nan Jung Junior High School!
Vijaya International School in Agra, India write:
"I think Dima is encouraged to teach in his school because he can cultivate interest and could be presented as a good example to his fellow classmates."
"As said, Dima's teachers and classmates feel that he has enough potential in teaching the subject and had confidence on this as a child prodigy. They are also giving him a chance to explore his intellect."
Abdul from year 7 at Glisten International Academy in Jahi Abuja, Nigeria writes:
"I will respect the 10 year-old teacher because he gives me more knowledge and I will see him as a good and respectful person and even though I am a year older I will still respect him."
Salim says: "I would be like a brother to the teacher and a friend. I would learn what he teaches because I will be the one failing during examinations if I don't. I will respect him."
Bello says: "I would like to be a friend to him so we can understand things together and care for each other and I will respect him because he is my teacher."
Abimbola adds: "I will feel embarrassed because someone that is younger than me can teach."
Thanks very much for your comments Glisten International Academy!
Sanchit from The Sagar School in Rajasthan, India writes: "If I could teach any subject to my classmates then I would prefer to teach General Knowledge because I have a vast knowledge of it and I have won many General Knowledge Quizzes. "
Sushma adds: "Well, if I could teach my classmates, I would gladly help them with French, This subject would be new to them, I learned this subject with a friend and it really helped me a lot. French is confusing but once you learn the concept of conjugation, it becomes easy."
Murup says: "I would teach maths as I like maths and I like studying maths. One cannot teach someone until he/she likes that subject or has got a thing for it. Being good at it is not the only thing needed, one needs to enjoy teaching in order to teach others."
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Topkapi Doga Elementary School in Istanbul, Turkey write:
"It would be easy to work with a 10 year old teacher, because we would feel more related to him than older teachers. He would understand students' needs. But on the other hand, this might make us feel a bit deficient."
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Charmaine the communications skills teacher from Khaitan Public School in Sahibabad, India writes:
"I feel that students who want to take the initiative to teach others are very commendable and a time will be allocated during our club days which are held at school for this purpose. Age is secondary when the fire to start something is in your heart, our students have taken the first step in a positive direction which will have a ripple effect and inspire others to lead and teach with confidence."
Thanks very much Khaitan Public School! We're glad to hear that your pupils will get the chance to teach others in their school!
Morgan from Milbrook Primary School in Hertfordshire, UK writes:
"Firstly, it's a good idea that a 10 year old boy should teach maths because it supports the teacher and also helps to teach all the children. For instance, say if one child is struggling on her times tables the 10 year old can help the child and the teacher can help the rest of the class."
Harvey adds: "It is a good idea for a ten year old boy to teach maths because it helps the teacher out so they can teach 2 people at once. Some children prefer the 10 year old boy because he can relate more to the children. On the other hand, people think he shouldn't be a teacher because he hasn't had all the training and the other teachers have. For instance a teacher might think it is unfair because they have done all the training and he hasn't had any training at all."
Thomas says: "It's a good idea that a 10 year old boy teaches maths because it supports the adults and the teachers. Also the teachers will be able to help other pupils. For example, he could hand out the books, do some times tables with other people and he could do lots, lots more. Moreover when he is teaching children and any other people he is learning 95% of it."
Mohit from The Sagar School in Rajasthan, India writes:
"If my teacher was 10 years old, It would be a great change for me because a teacher belonging to my age group will be a friend first rather than a teacher. Friendship is a good way to guide us. I can easily communicate with my teacher then.
Kritika adds: " If my teacher would be 10 years old , I would feel a bit awkward on one hand but on the other hand would be inspired because the 10 year old is so smart and brilliant so as to teach a higher class than his. I would feel privileged to study from a child with such a gifted ability."
Sofia thinks: "It would be very weird if any teacher was 10 years old but it would also be very fascinating to see such a young person having so much talent to teach older people. Maybe I would feel motivated to learn more or maybe I would not feel like learning from a junior."
A big World Class welcome to Topkapi Doga Elementary School in Istanbul, Turkey! They write:
"We agree with Dima on maths being a language. Maths is a language because everyone can understand the numbers and formulas. They are all the same in every culture. So, it's a way of communication.
Chahat, Preeti, Jyoti, Tanya, Hany, Yogita and Diksha from Class X-B at Kamla Nehru Public School in Phagwara, India write:
"We love to study from a teacher even if he is 10 years old but master in the subject and who can make the maths understandable. We agree with Dima, maths is just like any other language. Maths also has its own rules like other languages."
Thanks Kamla Nehru Public School!
Seb from St Mary's CEP Primary School in Folkestone, UK writes: "Maths is not really a language, as maths in some aspects is more complex."
Kian & Emily say: "It is like another language just using numbers instead of words"
Amelia thinks: "Maths is like another language but a fun language."
Thanks for sharing your thoughts St Mary's CEP Primary School! We'll be hearing more from them shortly.
Nan Jung Junior High School in Kanting Pingtung, Southern Taiwan have got in touch to share their thoughts about our 10 year-old teacher. They write:
"I think it is good. It is special because it is a good experience for Dima to learn how to teach; it will help him to become a better person by requiring him to understand how to help students to become relaxed.
However, we also feel that it may bad for Dima. At this age, and with little experience of how to teach, other students may not completely respect him. We feel it may be good for him to utilize his time by further attaining personal education."
Aimee from Danville Park Girls' High School in Durban, South Africa writes:
"I think it will be nice for Dima's class mates because they can relate to him easily."
Gabriella says: "It is great to see kids helping each other"
Whereas Britttani adds: " I am 15, so if my teacher was only 10 I would feel rather stupid"
And Lameez agrees: "I think that it is rather odd to have a ten year old as my teacher, as I am almost 16."
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Sophie from Milbrook Primary School in Hertfordshire, UK writes:
"Firstly, it's a good idea that a ten year old boy teaches maths because it supports the teacher and also helps to teach all of the children at once. For instance, if one girl is stuck then the teacher can help the girl and Dima can teach the rest of the class. In addition, some people say that the 10 year old boy learns 95% of what he teaches to somebody else. It could be claimed, that the class like the ten year old boy because they can talk to him about their problems their lessons are easy and he is very kind.
On the other hand, some people argue that the 10 year old boy is too young, he hasn't had any exams, courses and training. Other people say that he won't know as much as a teacher needs to know. People discussed, that this boy shouldn't be a 10 year-old teacher."
Great comment Sophie, thanks very much!
Mary and Rumyantseva from Gymnasia 9 in Simferopol, Ukraine write:
"We agree with the statement that "Maths is just another language" because we must know all of the rules to understand this lesson. He knows English and Math perfectly; he is encouraged to teach it in his school. Once our schoolmate taught us Math, it was unusual.
Once a year in our school we have a unique day, when students of upper classes teach younger pupils. If we have an opportunity to be a teacher, we shall teach English. We should have a new experience and we are glad to take part in debates. We like to study English and we want to speak it as well as our English friend."
Vijaya International School in Agra, India have got in touch to share their views after watching our debate film (right). They write:
"If my teacher was 10 years old I would feel good because good things or knowledge can be accepted from everywhere. Knowledge is a very different aspect. It can be in a child or not be in a grown up."
Hello and welcome to Khaitan Public School in Sahibabad, India. Students there have expressed their views on the subject of teaching their fellow students, they write:
"We feel that if we had a very good grasp in a particular subject then we would be confident to teach it to fellow classmates as well as junior students of the school. Some of us think that teaching Maths would be very interesting whilst others think that Social Studies and English would be fun."
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