To be honest, I’ve always felt that some teachers didn’t know how to teach properly and I would be quick to judge them on their teaching styles until I was placed in their shoes. It is one thing to watch teachers perform in front of a classroom but it is quite another to be the teacher in a classroom. I have never taught a class in my life before and I am currently in the Yeungnam University/College mentoring English to 7 students on my own and hoping that they learn as much as they can in my class. I have come to realize that some methods that might work very well for some students don’t work well for others and that I have had to find ways to keep all students up to task. I also realize that sometimes it takes time simply to prepare activities that I think would be appropriate for the classroom. I have definitely underestimated the amount of effort needed to be in charge of a classroom.
At the same time, I also feel like a good teacher must be up for the challenge of effectively removing the boulders in front of the vision of the students. Anything less is a disservice to the students and to the future.
— Richard Tardibuono