Lessons From An Impatient Teacher

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Lessons From An Impatient Teacher

 

I have had to battle with impatience in the past as regards teaching even though I was good at teaching. I held the belief that children are the most difficult to teach because they are restless, unserious, playful, and forgetful. This belief was aided by the experience I had with a 6-year-old boy in the past.

I had just finished secondary school and had to look for a teaching job (though not experienced) as was the practice back then for most young school leavers.

I must confess, I had never met someone as brilliant (opposite meaning) as this boy. Good heavens! I was frustrated right from the first day. I couldn’t even fathom how he couldn’t read and write the letters of the English alphabet. He could neither identify nor remember what any of the letters looked like ( but he could play the eternity out of one day). I kept enduring and going home with migraine for two weeks till I couldn’t continue because I didn’t see any improvement. I’d rather have my sanity than lose it to money.

The story changed when I went for youth service and was posted to a secondary school where I met another 15-year-old boy in JSS 2 who struggled to read and write and wondered how he got this far ( in my mind, that’s the result of premature promotion).
In 3 weeks, I was already tired but then, one day after school, I sat at my table in class and pondered how I could help this boy (I didn’t want to repeat the same mistake, I had to figure out a way). Then I met some mentors on the matter and I realized that I needed to be physically, emotionally/mentally, spiritually, and academically qualified.

To be an outstanding teacher, consider the PESA Factor:

PHYSICALLY:

Your looks and posture when teaching matters. You don’t teach with a face that looks like that of a hungry lion, come on, you’re only instilling fear not understanding. You tell a child to spell a word standing like a bitter wife towards her husband and expect the child to grasp or spell anything correctly.

EMOTIONALLY:

You need to be emotionally fit for each class.
Stop transferring aggression!
You come to teach in a bad mood, the atmospheric condition of that class would be depressing.

SPIRITUALLY:

There are times you need to personally pray for some of your pupils/students that have a problem understanding what you teach. I can say this first hand because it has worked for me (though it isn’t easy). Deal with them in love as though they are yours.

ACADEMICALLY:

Are you even qualified? Have you undergone the necessary pieces of training? Do you understand educational philosophy? You know they say, ‘different strokes for different folks’.
No two persons are the same. Your teaching approach matters a lot!

 

That the definition of patience may itself be blurred in a world accelerated by technology is only a fact. Teaching is anything but instantaneous; it requires the patience of a hunter.  Don’t get me wrong; no teacher should be expected to have much patience with individuals whose lack of discipline, immaturity, or indolence interrupts the work of other students. Patience with students is, however, part and parcel of the teaching profession.   https://www.newtimes.co.rw/section/read/212093

In summary, if you ask me, I’d say the teaching profession requires that one must possess Love and be patient enough.
As we continuously make effort to be better teachers, we hope that the teacher-student relationship is enhanced and the educational sector improved. https://www.aidetion.com/862-2/

 

AWOLESI OMOLOLA ADEOLA
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