So here’s education from a teacher’s point of view, a teacher that believes there’s much more to students than their grades. Yes, that would be me, former teacher, Miss Tatyana. I fell in love with teaching when I learned that I need to understand my students better.
See I used to teach English as a Foreign Language, and so my class was made up of a small amount of students. That actually makes a huge difference. I was able to take in the character of each student. I knew exactly what made each one work harder, when each needed a break, and how to keep each engaged in the material I am teaching. It isn’t easy, but once you believe in a certain system of education, it becomes intriguing to understand your students individually.
I never once judged my students’ abilities through their grades. Yes, I was teaching a certain language, but the way I graded my students was based on their capacity to take in the information, and their interest in the whole matter. For instance, I had a student who was very bad at reading out loud properly, he was French so his accent in English needed improvement. This student never found it amusing to open that “literature book” and read a story about some princess and her crush. The struggle was real, he stopped cooperating, until one day I learned that he is in love with a certain genre of music. From that day on, I began to print out articles for him all about the music industry and his favorite artists. He began reading out loud with passion in his tone, it also drove him to research to find out more.
Another student of mine was German, and she couldn’t stand the topics provided for her essay writing. I tried to make her understand that it is not about the content, that I only want her writing skills and grammar to get better. She wouldn’t argue, and everything was okay, until I noticed her bored face and lack of research on the content. So I decided to try something out, I cancelled the whole “writing practice book” and began to research modern and fun topics of my own, topics about Instagram, fashion, love, about what she’d like to change in the system… To my surprise, her writing skills, grammar, and research methods boosted up; her interest in what she was writing motivated her to create excellent work.
Our educational system won’t change in terms of content to learn, but I believe that each individual has his/her own way in taking it in. Differentiation is the key to better learning results. Teens, in particular, need a certain boost to keep them inspired. It is up to the teachers to keep that spark shining.
Understanding different characters taught me that we are all one giant Puzzle.