One of the greatest rewards for a teacher is observing your student grasp the concept being taught. Both yesterday and today I had the amazing privilege of opening this present. After putting myself “out there” as a resource for people needing help in math – I FINALLY had someone follow through with their “yes”. Thus began my tutoring extraveganza with a 9th grade student in Cairo. Yeah, so I’m kind of dorky and actually like math – I minored in it at UW. It’s good to know that this buried skill is being put to use to help others. In coming up with various ways to describe graphing, I was able to see “A” go through various stages: struggle, frustration, perseverance, and finally victory in understanding the concept. At one point she even said, “Wow, this is cool.” A teenage girl commenting on her math homework being cool – now that is a major reward. It is really powerful for me to see students truly caring about their education and pressing forward to understand. Really, this is not a common observation in Cairo.
Of course this next paragraph is totally random and has no connection with the first, so bare with me.
Something I have always wanted to do is become a Personal Trainer. Tonight I was able to experience this in the smallest of ways. There is a small group of us gals who go to the gym a few times a week together. Some more than others. Sara and Stacy are actually training for a half marathon. Charleston, the neighboring town to us has a pequeno health club that we have been members of since moving here. The owners are overly trusting and allow almost 1/4 of their members to hold a key to the gym in order to exercise at their convenience, when the gym may be closed. How awesome is that? Did I mention that I am starting to really like small town mentality? – Okay, only sometimes. Anyway, back to the story…tonight I was able to impart some basic knowledge to one of the gals as we lifted free weights together and did some random isolation type exercises. Fun stuff! I really like motivating, encouraging and pushing people to their limit. So, who knows, maybe someday I will actually be a certified Personal Trainer. Thanks for this simple reminder tonight Lord.
Added bonus: We pray every Thursday morning at the high school (before the bell rings), usually in the green hallway (that is only used for the naughty kids). Today when we went in to pray they told us we could no longer pray in that hallway because there had been a fire (some of the students tried setting a couch on fire during their tutoring session after school – what?!?). They repositioned us in the office – the Principal’s office. Check that out! There was a fire in the hallway where we were praying and now we are praying in the Principal’s office – talk about a shifting!