For all these decades, since I was taught in my own education at Washington Univerity in St. Louis and at the University of Rochester and in Strasbourg, France, it was all about the academic side of things. That’s what the adults around me had their gazes on. So, es obvio, being smart became for me a career.
Damn it. I wish I had known and practiced back then what I am pursuing now. I would have reached so many more kids! It was like all my training had just been for the smart kids. Nobody seemed to realize that, in my classrooms after I was educated to become a teacher, some of the kids might not be so smart! How was I supposed to reach them? Ignore them? What?
Honestly, before I discovered TPRS eight years ago, as per my training and mental patterning about what a teacher was, I got through to about ten percent of my students. For real. I depended on my AP superstars to make me look good. I told the others that they didn’t quite meaure up.
It was easy for me. Since most of my AP superstars’ motivation was grades and parental/university approval, they were easy to “reach”. That is why I now have such disdain for certain AP teachers in my district who think that they are good teachers but are really sucking on the great talents of those young superstars while ignoring and rejecting and refusing a ton of lesser talented kids who are perfectly capable of L2 fluency. But that is another blog.