One of my students challenged me about teaching Chinese calligraphy when I am not a practicing calligrapher. Incidentally I’m not a certified teacher either. :)
I accept that some of my students may need a more advanced level of teaching . As I said to them, they’re wanting to learn at a tertiary level whereas I am teaching at kindergarten level. I guess it’s always the teacher’s fault if the students make no progress. I can see that I am not what they need.
I stopped writing some time ago due to a medical problem with my right arm and hand. I am right handed. I tried writing with my left hand but progress is slow. Some things are meant to try us. Here I was, thinking that we were doing well but today it was one step forward, two steps back.
I took John back to basics as I feel he must have the right techniques to improve further.
The two Japanese ladies continued to make good progress with the project.
As to the others, I have asked them to work on the poem for one more week and try to put in place the suggestions I’ve made; or not. I am philosophical.
As a volunteer tutor, I offer my student what knowledge I’d gained from my own experience, as a gift. I have no control over how or whether that gift is received. I think it’s time I retire.
(Students pay MOSAIC $18 per term for an 8 weeks course; $13 for seniors. Tutors are paid $5 per session of 90 minutes for transport and other expenses such as teaching materials.)