Teaching internationally online has been a wonderful experience for me. I’ve learned so much about different cultures, and met some amazing students as well as a few of their families.
Alan is by far one of my favorite students! He is wise beyond his years.
Alan finished this morning’s lesson as a Level 7 student, but was only at Level 3 when we began having classes together two years ago.
I have many memories from teaching Alan. He is polite, respectful, inquisitive, studious and has an amazing sense of humor. His profound comments stick with me. One day when discussing grow/grows, we looked at pictures of how a baby grows into an elderly person. I said, “See Alan, I’m old. I have gray hair like this picture.” To which Alan quickly responded, “Teacher Audrey, you are not old. You are young at heart.”
Another time we were learning about animals that live in the wild and Alan began to sing, “In the jungle the mighty jungle the lion sleeps tonight.” He proceeded to tell me that this was his favorite movie and song. As our next 65-70 classes began, I always played 20-40 seconds of that song. Alan would sing along and dance. What a fun young man to teach!
When we were discussing semi-aquatic animals, I asked Alan, “Which one of these animals would you like to be? Why?” He thought for a minute and said, “I would like to be a turtle because he knows how to take time in life to enjoy it as he goes. It is such a busy world, we need to slow down and enjoy the quality of life around us.”
Today, when I turned on the camera and danced to “My little darling, don’t fear my darling, …” Ignonyama
of course I saw Alan dancing and smiling. As the music faded I greeted, “Hello Alan! It’s great to see you.” To which he replied, “Hello Teacher Audrey!” As I always do, I asked Alan, “How are you today?” He replied, “I am sad.” I then asked Alan why he was sad. He told me, “As you know, I am now in Junior school (7th-9th grade). My mom and I have talked about it, and today is my last class. I will no longer be taking VIPKid Classes. We both talked about the importance of his junior education. Alan then said,
“We lose many precious things in our lives.”
Having grieved the loss of several loved ones this past year, I found that statement to be quite true. How incredibly wise of young Alan to realize the profound truth of this reality. I found his statement to be encouraging, not disheartening. Once again, the words of a student, bring pensive moments with great wonder. https://www.facebook.com/1394925621/posts/10220734402735333?sfns=mo
I will always be thankful for the lessons I had the honor of teaching Alan. I am also quite thankful that his family and I are friends on WeChat so we can keep in touch. Alan told me, “You are my favorite teacher. We have had almost 70 classes together, since Level classes count as two.”
There are so many precious things in life that we eventually lose. However, if we are young at heart, and move slowly like the turtle in a busy world, we might just find the wisdom of always finding the silver lining.
“How blessed is the man who finds wisdom and the man who gains understanding. For her profit is better than the profit of silver and her gain better than fine gold. She is more precious than jewels; And nothing you desire compares with her.” ~Proverbs 3:13-15