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A working Sponge

Students are like selective sponges. What you want them to remember, they conveniently forget. What you want them to disregard, they remember for life.

During my teaching practice, I had this student who would make it a habit of talking to the person behind her even when I was talking. No amount of dissuasion could stop that behaviour of hers.

And so one day, I accidentally spilled out, “We are a progressive lot. And it’s a pity that one of you is still backward-looking.” That did the trick. She never once looked back after that.

I didn’t expect much from her on my last day in that school. Farewell cards were given to me plus a short speech by the monitor. But the best gift was what this backward-looking girl told me. I can’t remember her exact words but it was the fact that she couldn’t stand the thought of being branded a person who’s not progressive. The fact that it was uttered without malice, I feel, also had a small part to play.

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July 2, 2008 at 8:38 pm 2 comments


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