| 
  • If you are citizen of an European Union member nation, you may not use this service unless you are at least 16 years old.

  • Stop wasting time looking for files and revisions. Connect your Gmail, DriveDropbox, and Slack accounts and in less than 2 minutes, Dokkio will automatically organize all your file attachments. Learn more and claim your free account.

View
 

Teacher's-Anecdote-(Jan-2009)

Page history last edited by Bal 11 years, 7 months ago

ANECDOTE COLUMN

In this column, we will present an interesting anecdote shared by a teacher among us, if possible one that is connected to the theme of the month. This month, Ghanashyam Sharma volunteered to share one from his experience, an anecdote that we think is relevant to out intention to honor Friere and the theme of 'critical pedagogy'.

 

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - The 27th Letter of the English Alphabet - - - - - - - - - - 

It was the very first week of my teaching at Pinewood English School in Butwal, about 15 years ago. I had just given classwork to my Nursery class and was going around to see how individual students were doing. One little boy, named Ankit, called me: "Sir, here come na." (he had been a 'boarder' for a year, so he already had an impressive range of pidgin English expressions to communicate with). 'This what?' he asked, showing me a strange drawing on his notebook that looked like the letter G with three arms added to the right side! I said, "I don't know." He looked in my eyes, smiled, and then said, "Tell na!" With me sitting there realizing the difficulty of the situation, Ankit repeated his question for a while, along with strong gestures and the sweet voice of a four year old, "Umm, tell na, sir"! I finally ventured an answer, "That's nothing".

Ankit looked at me, smiled very brightly and with a visible sense of gratitude, and said, "E, nothing"! Then he went on to draw the same shape once again, and showed me: "Look, sir, this nothing"!

 

To this day, I remember Ankit and the 27th alphabetical letter in English that he invented and forced me to name. That has been the most unforgettable moment of respect for the kind of creativity that kids like Ankit demonstrate, which I am often afraid I have inadvertently stifled for 15 years. 'Am I banking or am I not?' is a serious question.

--Ghanashyam Sharma

 

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

back to January 2009

 

Comments (0)

You don't have permission to comment on this page.