ONE YEAR WITH AN ENGLISH TEACHER
Day 86, Monday, January 28, 2008
I was impressed today with Georgia's demeanor during the time that she served as "assistant teacher". I was prepared for a little silliness from her, since she inclines that way (though never during class). I was even thinking of reminding her before class to not be silly, but as soon as she began speaking, I knew I didn't have to. I was pleasantly surprised by her serious attitude while she sat at my desk and ran the class. She spoke with dignity and authority, and she moved the class through the steps of the lesson quite efficiently. Once again I underestimated the abilities of a student. That's one of my greatest weaknesses as a teacher -- undervaluing my students talents and strengths, not giving them enough credit for being the wise and gifted people they are.
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