Posted September 25, 2009on:
Teachers know that their efforts are likely to manifest only over after a long time. They bump into former students and they see how far they have come (or how far they have fallen).
What about teacher educators? When do we see the fruits of our labour? I recall telling one batch of my teacher trainees that, while my impact on them was important, I was more concerned about the impact they had on their students. So I guess my impact on teachers is over an even longer term.
By impact I don’t mean the “thank you” cards or handshakes I get when the course I facilitate is over. I am talking about shifts in mindsets and or major “ah-ha” moments when my former trainees become practitioners.
So it was a pleasant surprise for me to get an email from a teacher trainee I taught just one semester ago. He mentioned that it was only during his practicum that he realised the applications of the ICT course. He thanked me for “forcing” him to reflect by blogging and was grateful for the fact that I pushed him (and his peers) to think and work hard.
Teaching can be a thankless task and I do not mind because I see rewards in what I do each week. But that email was put a big smile on my face. More importantly, it reminded me to keep doing what I do.