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Re: Start teaching straight out of High School?

Posted By: Global Teacher
Date: Thursday, 27 February 2014, at 10:06 p.m.

In Response To: Re: Start teaching straight out of High School? (Tim)

In 1968 I had just graduated from London in African History and was hitch-hiking through Tanzania. I met another English hitch-hiker who was undertaking what today is called a "gap year" teaching at a new girls secondary school before starting a history degree at Oxford University. He convinced me to take his place. My fellow teachers were from Ireland and Britain and they were aged between 16 (sic) and 18. All had high A level grades. The headmaster was the 18 year old nephew of the Irish foreign minister. They believed the students were capable of anything and taught to the standard they themselves had experienced. In the 1969 Cambridge GCE O level exams the students excelled and since that time it has remained one of the two top private Tanzanian girls schools., not be confused with high fee paying International schools. I often return to Tanzania and meet my former students, many of whom are now doctors, lawyers, pharmacists and politicians. My former colleagues did not go into teaching but into medicine, academia, entertainment, and other fields. Last year I did a stint as a volunteer teacher in Tanzania with a British lady who had never taught before. She was an excellent teacher and the lesson I learned from this is that if you have been a very good performer at a good secondary school it is probable you will effective in a classroom where students are eager, self motivated and disinterested in being constantly entertained.

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Start teaching straight out of High School?
Gabriel -- Thursday, 6 February 2014, at 7:41 p.m.
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spiral78 -- Saturday, 8 February 2014, at 9:50 a.m.
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nomad soul -- Friday, 7 February 2014, at 11:32 p.m.
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Stephen -- Friday, 7 February 2014, at 3:46 p.m.
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Tim -- Friday, 7 February 2014, at 1:20 p.m.
Re: Start teaching straight out of High School?
Global Teacher -- Thursday, 27 February 2014, at 10:06 p.m.

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