¡Buenas! We have entered the second half of my Fund for Teachers journey and have arrived in Spain. No matter the time of day, buenas seems to be the preferred greeting: no need for the días or tardes or noches.
En route to meet my second VAWAA artist, we first swung by Barcelona, a city I had never before visited. Nestled between the Balearic Sea and Collserola mountains, Barcelona proved to be much larger and more beautiful than I expected. To know a place from a map or photos on the internet, is much different than to KNOW a place from boots on the ground and interacting with the community. Eager to learn more about this visually captivating city, we signed up for a bike tour.
Everyone is a Teacher. Everyone is a Learner.
Good teaching is not only transmitting content from the teacher to the student, but building relationships. Getting to know your audience, their expectations and interests, and the delicate dance of give-and-take banter. The longer I teach, the more often I see teaching happening outside the four walls of a classroom.
A hotel concierge is a teacher.
A tour guide is a teacher.
Your current profession, dear reader, is also likely teaching someone something.
Once you realize that, it's a great responsibility to not only pass on the necessary content, but to make sure the learner feels encouraged and empowered by you.
- Occasional Writer.
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