Nothing thrills an English teacher more than seeing students become excited about words.
Recently a poet visited the school and held a workshop with a group of students. I sat at the back of the room and observed the class. Cameron, the poet, slowly removed the restraints on the students’ imagination through a variety of sensing and imagining exercises and then they wrote, explored, refined and developed their ideas.
The results were astounding. Some of the students, usually retiring and shy, read their marvelous poems and received praise from their fellow students.
What impressed me was the depth and complexity of thought that some of these poems revealed: reflections on life, living and creation that went beyond the mundane. It reminded me again of the teacher’s task to “unlock” and “enable” – to unlock the talents that that are there and to pass on the skills that enable the those gifts and talents to be developed.
It is humbling to watch a good teacher applying their skills and it is exhilarating to see the results.