365 writing prompts: teaching the teacher

November 7 – Cheering section

Do you have a mentor? Tell us about him or her. Are you a mentor to someone else? Tell us what that relationship has added to your life.

I am not mentor material. I volunteered to be an English tutor for new migrants about almost 2 years ago. An 18 year old, teaching a middle aged mother of two how to say her vowels. Suffice to say, I felt like a fake. According to the month long teaching course I was qualified, but I never felt so.

What began as correcting grammar and spelling became a lesson in life experience. I felt as much the student as my student was. Perhaps she felt the same. I felt a loss as to how to lead this person, who in my esteem, was far more aware and knowledgeable than I.

There was something about this experience that drove home to me how much I had yet to learn. The pursuit of knowledge and understanding is so important to me. I can only hope that I have the opportunity to learn, always, always learn.

from the dailypost.

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