He claims that there is a fundamental difference between the way in which we teach. Namely that I am happy, relaxed and active while he is tired, lethargic and wishing away the time. I don’t really see that if I’m honest. I must keep striving to achieve the balance between pushing him and allowing him to come to it on his own terms. Of course I worry that he tells me he doesn’t enjoy teaching, but I do not consider it an insurmountable problem in the scheme of things.
Well after some time, the trainee now claims to like teaching which is a huge relief. It is something that I always suspected would come to light however presumptuous that might be of me.
Upon our return to the village, I am heartened to see our trainee's lesson plans which are well-scaffolded and student-centred. I am pleased to find that my pearls of wisdom on teaching have not been disregarded. It shows me that my time here was not wasted and that with the right encouragement, a firm foundation can be planted even on unstable ground.
NEH Director of Studies and Teacher Trainer