Working with students of different ages and stages of their lives is completely absorbing.
Because of the variety of the work I come into contact with people from different backgrounds culturally and economically. The variety of professions and the breadth of knowledge I am exposed to adds to the range of my experiences and provides me with an insight into a much broader perspective of life in general.
But one thing never fails to surprise me when teaching regardless of age group or background – lack of vocabulary and difficulty in expressing themselves using their home language.
Technology is not responsible for this. In fact technology used correctly can enhance so much of our knowledge and understanding of a variety of subjects but I don’t think it can ever take the place of human interaction and conversation. And yet it is a fascinating and so rewarding way of gathering information, comparatively easily, if you are prepared to listen and then process the information. And there is the rub – to think!
I feel strongly we have to develop the ability to think and then communicate, preferably in that order. That is why it is so enjoyable to read and discover different ways of thinking. Think how many problems are caused by inaccurate communication either through the written or spoken word. How many times have you said or heard, `But I didn’t mean that’?