There is a light at the end of the teaching tunnel

by Cesco Emmanuel

It’s the littlest things in life that make the world of difference.

At one of the schools I teach, the kids (ten years and younger) all learn simple songs. One of students who has been with the program over a year but sadly never learnt anything, (in fact he used to complain that he didn’t like guitar that much, and run around the classroom acting like a clown) all of a sudden at class this week, this kid played all the chords in the song I was teaching the class.

Perfectly.

I was in shock. I was so happy that here was this kid finally playing guitar and enjoying it.

I told him this was my best day of teaching. He smiled.

Maybe he was practicing secretly at home. Whatever happened this kid is learning to play after a year of not making any progress at all.

Everyone truly learns at their own pace. Of that I’m sure now. We, as teachers have to give students the chance to grow at their own speed, rather than ‘punishing’ them for not moving at the pace of the rest of the class.

It’s great when you see someone getting the hang of something and the joy they experience when they realize that yes, they can do it.

There is a light at the end of this tunnel.

And yes, you can reach it.