To Teach or Not to Teach

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.)

About Mary Tang

An urban orchardist everyday, a volunteer regularly, a poet sometimes and a blogger since March 2015. I travel when I can. Food is a constant.
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11 Responses to To Teach or Not to Teach

  1. Philosophical you are

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  2. I would say it makes you like the blind marshall arts master or the deaf composer

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  3. I would say this makes you like the blind marshall arts master or the deaf composer

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  4. Mary, i would say this makes you like the blind marshall arts master or the deaf composer

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  5. arlingwoman says:

    Oh my gosh. These folks should not be complaining. If they want a particular kind of course, they may just have to pay for it! If they want an introduction to help them decide how to go on, well that’s you! And pretty dedicated from what your blog shows.

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  6. Sunshine Jansen says:

    Sigh. It’s a good thing to be a philosopher; the skill is tested constantly!

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