The challenges teachers face every single day in state run schools, here where I live.
Once a teacher told us ¨with good students, anyone can be a good teacher… but with bad student? ¨ And now I realize how right she was. I find students who can´t read or write, students who don`t have even a pencil , I have seen kids wearing sandals in winter, not to mention students who are hungry and the only thing they are waiting for is something to eat, and the list goes on and on. What´s more, teachers who are not so different from them, teachers who survive in the middle of such a misery, perhaps to some of you I am exaggerating but if you have the chance, check it, go and visit those schools situated in the poor parts of where you live and you will be able to see it, to smell it, to feel it. Then we have to work with this reality, try to teach English of course, but the most important challenge, in my personal opinion is, to show them that they can change their lives, that they can make their dreams come true… that they have their own future in their hands, that there are ways to reach a better life. What I mean is, in other words, that we do not only have to follow the curriculum, we can also follow our heart and treat them as the precious seeds they are, and let them flourish as the most beautiful flower that they could be. There are obstacles? Absolutely yes! But sometimes the strongest one is ourselves.