At beginning of my career as a teacher I worked at a respectful language institute for almost 18 years . I will never forget how I was anxious , a bit lost and scared: new challenges and audience I was a about to face, rich students , demanding parents and a lot of competition at the workplace.
I remember the feeling I had when I entered the teacher's room: So much books, flashcards , materials, games, a single electric typewriter , a copy machine and no one to tell me what to do with all of those wonderful things !
photo by Jeffrey Doonan taken form ELT pics
Well, it happened about 27 years ago and I had the sensation as if I was a little child looking bottom up at at high magical book case , full of books in a time when I was not tall enough to pick one of them or wise enough to understand what was written.
photo by Vicky Loras from ELT pics
Yes, there was no technology, I was 23, I had my 1st graduation , I was doing another graduation at the university and having a lot of Cambridge training to become a better teacher. Still, I missed someone. I missed a mentor. I needed one!
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As Emily Dickinson says : "Hope is a bird that perches in the soul, sings melodies with no words and never stops though". Out of the blue she was there: That tall , beautiful and talkative and very experienced woman , a teacher doing her Ph.D and about to become a professor at the university. When she saw me looking for things and very uncomfortable to ask any questions, she simply said: "Hey, do you have time? I'll be here at lunch time, we have this big break and then I can show everything and how to request , do, ask, use, school policy regarding report cards and such and such. OMG! I felt so blessed! It was a wonderful day. And from that day on I promised I'd do it with any novice or new teacher who started at that school. And it worked so well! I have loads of stories I could share later , but not now.
What about you? Do you have any stories you've experienced as a mentor or mentee? Would you like to share your experiences with us?
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