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There Is Nothing In The World Quite Like Being a Teacher

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“In a lifetime, you must meet a good teacher who will change your life.”

There are an enormous number of impediments to a student’s ability to absorb what a teacher is attempting to communicate. The following list, assembled with a friend and presented here in no particular order of importance, barely covers the topic. Some, and sometimes many, of the reasons apply to kindergarten and primary school children through high school age, adults, and also to childhood issues that continue into adulthood. The setting could be a classroom, a public lecture, large groups including huge college lecture halls, and even one-on-one teaching.

Among the possible barriers might be: A student consistently displaying an angry, anxious, or depressed mood; hungry – with or without free lunches or breakfasts; eating disorders; uncontrolled hormones; sleep-deprivation (which is why some schools systems moved the start of the school day to later); trouble at home; living with a sibling with disabilities; having to be a caregiver for a parent or parents; a kinetic learner; super-geeks who only learn with a screen in front of them; physically short for his or her age, seriously overweight, or clumsy, or having a physical disability that makes them an easy target for bullying; ADHD, ADD, LD, and OCD (with or without medications); too bright and advanced for the subject matter, and the all-too-common self-, peer-, or parent-imposed pressure for perfectionism.

So how is a teacher supposed to fulfill the meaning of the verse in Proverbs 22:6, “Educate a child in the best way that fits the student’s personality and abilities, so that even in old age it will have served the student well” when there are so many and varied difficulties to finding the best “way” to reach the students?

To better attempt to reach a Jewish solution to the problem, we need to understand that the root of the Hebrew word — חנך — (the first word in Proverbs 22:6 – chanoch) has a range of meanings besides “educate” which include “to train”, “dedicate (same root used in........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)

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