It’s interesting to look back over my 40 years of teaching. I was trained in Sheffield, a northern town famous for its steel industry and the manufacture of cutlery. During the Second World War it was very badly damaged by bombs in an attempt to destroy the factories. When I was there in the late 1970’s it was possible to see much of this damage and children still played in bomb sites. Later I taught in a village and then in two London schools.
I’ve taught countless children and teenagers over the years: many of them have become successful in «all walks of life» as we say in English. Some have become very successful, and some aristocrats; but I have always found them much the same and that they respond to kind patient and friendly treatment. Two years ago, I had a reunion with a class I first taught in 1985. Practically all of the twenty-two turned up and we had a fine time going over all the old stories. It was remarkable just how clearly they remembered our year together in 1985/6. Some are now doctors, scientists and successful businessmen. The boy who used to arrive at school every day on his horse now runs his family farm. They all remembered the stories I used to read to them. So, parents: read and tell stories to your kids. They are very important lessons in life.
Now I have my pupils in Novosibirsk and am sure they will be equally as successful and will remember our time together at «BigAppleSchool». In my next blog I will write about my present pupils.