What do you do? The Teacher and the Student

A-teacher-is-never-a-giver-of-truth-he-is-a-guide-a-pointer-to-the-truth-that-each-student-must-find-for-himself.It’s a been a tough week and I haven’t much felt like writing. I have been training an employee from another department how to do my job as he will be doing it for several months. He is on light duty with nothing to do in his department while in my department we are all totally overwhelmed with a workload that we simply cannot catch up with. Having this person to help out for a few months will free up more time for me to do other things in need of attention and also the opportunity for me to learn new job responsibilities.

As good as all this sounds the process of training someone one on one can be a daunting task. There are so many different functions that have to be played out in the proper sequences that can only be taught through one on one instruction. My hopes are that we may be able to wrap up all of this training by the end of today but I suspect that it may require another week.

As I deal specifically with parking issues in the role of Code Enforcement Officer most of my day is working in the field. The situation right now is me sitting in the back seat of my own rig and acting as a coach as my student performs the job.

This all makes me think about the question that is asked many times in social settings: “What do you do?” This question is always about one inquiring about what another does to earn money each day. As I go through actually teaching someone else to do my job I realize that I am truly answering that question in full detail.

The most difficult aspect of training another is that we are all different and not only think about things differently but also physically perform things differently based on past experience. While in a vehicle we must work with a laptop computer. As I perform certain tasks each day my fingers create their own memories of going through specific sequences of keyboard commands and mouse pad actions to get through the menu systems of several different computer programs. After repeating these actions over and over again they seem to become second nature. Watching someone else perform the same tasks seems both daunting and slow. I have to really think about understanding that I was in the same situation not long ago as I was learning to perform this job. It literally took months to develop the patterns I use today. While in the role of trainer or teacher I have to be constantly mindful of this understanding and try to encourage my student to develop their own patterns to accomplish the job each day.

It is too easy to think that just because someone else does things different than we do while performing the same function they are wrong and we are right. The teacher needs great patience with the student to be successful and as I am pretty much working in a hurry up to keep up type of job sometimes having patience can be difficult. The test falls into the teachers lap just as much as the student.

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At 53 years old I am starting to realize how life changes both physically and emotionally. I strive for a life of simplicity. I am winning the battle with type II diabetes, created a plan to have all debt paid off in 4 years including the house, taking advantage of every opportunity to live life to it's fullest through adventures in nature, hiking, biking, loving and learning.
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12 Responses to What do you do? The Teacher and the Student

  1. Excellent reflection and perspective taking there! I believe the staff will learn over time.

  2. This post made me think of my fourth grade teacher, Mr. Long. He was awesome! He taught me more than almost any teacher I had before him or after, and he seemed to enjoy every teaching moment. There aren’t many of those kind around anymore, but I’m thankful that I was one of those lucky ones who had the privilege of learning from him. I bet you are a great teacher, too. I just bet!

    • kkeevins says:

      The excellent teachers are out there. The problem is, the media focus on the negative, so we don’t often here about the good ones. Unfortunately, at this point in history, the teaching profession is under attack. (The naysayers almost do it for sport!)
      I like to remember that were it not for teachers, most of us would not be able to read (this post). πŸ˜‚
      [Yes, I am a former teacher and education administrator.]

  3. kkeevins says:

    PERFECT tribute to teachers, Bill — the second hardest job on the planet (next to parenting!). Transferring ones knowledge is not an easy task and SO much has to be considered — whether one is a visual learner, etc., etc. Teaching/training is a daunting, yet rewarding task. I found that training an adult to do a task is so frustrating that “just do it yourself” creeps into my mind! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ but, in the end — as you know — it always work out! Good luck!
    –Kathy from:

  4. Gail says:

    I could never be a teacher and am not a great student. I am more at ease with self-directed learning. I applaud teachers who have the patience and flexibility to adopt different learning styles based on the student. That’s a rare talent. It sounds like you’re doing a great job!

  5. New Journey says:

    Hope your having a good week Billy….only 2 more days….I always put myself in there position and hoped I was a compassionate teacher…but sometimes I do know you just want to pull your hair out….kat

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