Unlocking the teacher withinPosted: May 18, 2010
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one of the most inspiring people i’ve met. my wonderful university tutor of ELT methodology at University of Prešov, Zuzana Straková. i wish to express how important she became in what i do.
yes, became. i didn’t know, didn’t appreciate having her as my tutor at the time.
with her open, professional attitude, she naturally inspired independent thought, allowed reflection, encouraged positive and constructive feedback. she gave us time to reflect and share thoughts, knowing that practical applications of theoretical concepts, original solutions to old problems, motivation, joy and everything else a teacher needs – would follow on their own accord from us.
she gave us the positive expectations of an experienced master, the trust and the full, adaptable attention that allowed us to unlock the teacher within.
the kind of person that leaves a seed in you, without you being aware of it, a seed that later develops into a beautiful revelation, a flower of simple, accurate truth about the important things in life.
it was left with me unassumingly, with the great generosity of a true teacher.
she gave the impression of being perfectly satisfied with what she was doing at any given moment in time, regardless of the time of day, month, exam season, amount of snow outside or politics.
her attitude didn’t anticipate praise.
once in our methodology seminar she said something that hit home with such clarity and intensity that i draw inspiration from it to this day. even more so today than before.
“we teach the learner, not the course book.”
the quote stuck with me, as well as the memory of the seminars we had together. meaningful, clever, joyful and with a charming spark.
a small tribute to her selfless, professional approach that motivates me 10 years on.
is there someone who inspired you?
– image by me, Copyright 2005 (taken on the beach in Instow, North Devon, UK)
– the phrase “Unocking the teacher within” inspired by the book title “An Ode Less Travelled – Unlocking the Poet Within” by Stephen Fry