One of my former students – I’ll call him John – contacted me recently. He wanted to update me on what he’d been doing since I last taught him nearly a decade ago.
I’ve acquired a group of students like John who get in touch from time to time to tell me how they’re getting on. It is one of the greatest privileges afforded to a teacher: to see, first-hand, the impact you have on young people’s lives and how your actions continue to shape those lives long after they leave school.
John was in a class I regularly cite on training courses. If you have heard me talk about teaching English to “bottom set boys on a Friday afternoon”, then know that John was one of those boys.
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