After many years of teaching, online or offline, I have had the experience of meeting various personality types. Some may be pleasant, others otherwise. The awful types are the ones I do not remember any more but the ones that are on my mind are students who I tend to admire and learn from. They are the kinds of people who project kindness, patience, and perseverance in themselves, and not just to others. You may find it hard to believe but I learn a lot about emotional intelligence from the students that I meet.
Here is another unsolicited comment I received from one of my students when I turned on my computer this morning. It is days like these that make all my efforts worthwhile;
- when I hear that my students feel that they have achieved something,
- that they are determined to work hard and get to where they want to be instead of complaining and whining,
- who tell me that they find their tasks difficult but are motivated enough to review and put in the hard work.
Those are the kinds of students that I have had the pleasure of teaching and hopefully continue to teach in the future. I just know that this student and I are going to have an absolutely productive and enjoyable learning journey together.