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Date Posted: 08:06:55 03/13/05 Sun
Author: Tony Lang
Subject: Re: Relating to "sinners" in the real world
In reply to: Caitlin 's message, "Relating to "sinners" in the real world" on 20:48:05 03/09/05 Wed

>Caitlin, You are a trainee teacher. You are asking a lot of questions to which there are no obvious answers. You just cannot pick up a text book and turn to page 87 and find your problems solved.
I am a teacher, as you know. I am working in the Middle East. When I started a year ago I entered a world the like of which I had never known. It was frightening. I had students that were uncontrollable or permenent sleepers.
I was lost and there was no help.
So what has happened since. Well a year has passed. I have got over my initial fright. I have learned to communicate with them. I have learned coping methods.
I have worked out survival mechanisms. I became my own teacher trainer. All my collegues agree the secong year is always better than the first, because one has now experience. Now I like my students, they like me. I feel a satisfaction being able to cope in my present situation. Any fool can teach motivated students who want to learn. Teaching at the lowest levels and overcoming has givn me a satisfaction I never experienced in Korea, where all my students were good, and I really loved Korea. So the answer to your questions is Time. Your first year as a new teacher will be difficult. Remember it gets easier.

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