‘Andy’

teaching personally

Here, to start the year, is a good news story about something other than my own recent travails…

In the late autumn, we needed to have some interior works done. I contacted a small company that was getting good reports on my town’s local Facebook page. In the days before the owner visited, I pondered the name, and gradually came to a certain suspicion. When the young man called, my thoughts were strengthened, and in the following email negotiations, I established what I suspected. He was a former pupil of mine, now aged thirty and operating in an area some way removed from his childhood home.

The boy – we’ll call him Andy – had been in one of the lower ability sets when I taught him in Year 7 and 8, nearly twenty years ago. His extended family was one of the more troubled local families, whose offspring had…

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2 Responses to ‘Andy’

  1. mflmum says:

    What a thought provoking post- something that only teaching professionals can relate to.

    • ijstock says:

      Many thanks! I think you’re probably right. The more I taught, the more I came to see the limitations of the whole process, even as the claims made for it were continually inflated…

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