This is the teacher whom I believe had the most raw, natural talent. He is gentle and patient with the students. He is calm and has a manner which soothes over-excited little ones. He is sensitive and empathic. However, something needs to change.
A new teacher has arrived in the village. He smokes. He smoked a cigarette followed by two local cigars. We watched. We were somewhat aghast as he sat puffing away.
After our very successful grade 8 lesson, I was happy that we could leave the village to collect supplies safe in the knowledge that all was going as planned. However, one lesson does not make a curriculum.
Before Christmas, in Sitwee, I had met a man who works for Relief International.
I have only been observed two times after my initial teacher training. While my stomach rejoices and says 'thank you very much, we do not need to be observed ever!’ my head says that this is too few times and that constructive feedback is essential to grow and that actually watching others teach is one of the most beneficial things you can do as a teacher.
All was still and quiet. Peering through the windows of the large hall nothing stirred. There was no sound. We had been told that we could observe the head monk’s class but perhaps we had missed it already? With the flexible scheduling it was entirely plausible that something had come up and affected the class.
Something that NEH has an eternal struggle with is feedback from and with teachers. This is crucial to the learning process, and absolutely essential when one party is out of the country.
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