Wednesday, October 21, 2009

"I can't write it for you"

I'm not a good teacher. I'll be the first to admit it. I get frustrated easily, and if something isn't done right I get impatient.

Having to teach someone LD Debate is.... not easy. It's one thing to tell someone the time increments, teach them the format and whatnot, but can you teach critical thinking?

I don't know. All I know is I have no idea how to teach someone how to think critically.

We had a kid in my grade transfer into LD Debate, and he's not a BAD speaker, but he's definitely no Jacob Root. He's always stuck on ideas and unable to expand on the ideas I give him. At this point I'm at a loss. I can't write his cases for him, and I have no idea how to get him to think on his own with out having to be coaxed EVERY step of the way. I mean, I don't mind helping but....

Ack. Bless all the teachers who can do their job well. It's hard.


  1. Yeah, I don't have enough patience to become a teacher either... :P I get frustrated just trying to try and teach my parents how to use On Demand, haha. But I don't think it's really possible to actually teach someone how to think, you know? So I'd say that you've done all you can do, and the rest is up to him!

  2. I am terrible at explaining things to people, unless if they think the same way I do. (very rare)

  3. it IS hard! there is no standard in intelligence. and it can be a tricky business to try to translate information. bless teachers, tutors, and yourself.