Tuesday, January 31, 2012
What has Teaching Taught me?
Before this, I had never taught anyone anything. Neither did I have the experience nor the confidence. Doubts constantly surfaced in my mind. Would I be able to teach them anything? Would I be able to discipline the students?
All this is now a thing of the past. I have adapted to my new role like a duck to water. Everyday my students teach me something new. Words that I had never heard before (words that my creative students have up conjured from their over active imagination) are thrown into assignments.
Most assignments hover at the doorstep of romance. Twilight has seeped into their collective conscious. My students are teaching me how to stretch my limited resource of patience. I have constantly confessed that patience is not one of my better known virtues. My students are ensuring that it becomes my most well- known trait.
One thing my students have taught me in abundance is getting critical with my own writing. Reading few assignments makes me aware of all the information dump yard that some students turn the stories into. And then there are the students who skip over the crucial details just to get closer to the end of the story. It’s obvious that they have rushed through their assignments just to get rid of my reminders about delayed assignments.
Teaching them has made me appreciative of all the creativity a tiny human brain possesses. Their excuses range from accidents to sudden tooth-aches while the hand hovering over the stomach makes me wonder whether it’s the tooth or the stomach causing all the problem.
I often urge them to exercise all the creativity while doing the assignments. Most students forget that I too studied in the same college. While the students have changed, the excuses have remained constant.
For those of you who are into teaching what have your students taught you? For those engaged in other professions what are the things that life or people around you have taught you? We would love to hear about your learning experiences.