It was her first year of teaching. Tenth grade, no less, as her certification was for secondary education science. Arial really enjoyed teaching, loved the kids and they seemed to respond well to her. At least at first. Now she sat in the principal’s office, a sheaf of papers in one hand, her head in the other.
“Come, come,” said the principal, kindly. “It was your first parent-teacher conference. It can’t have been that bad.”
“Oh, but it was,” said Arial, sadly, handing over her sheaf of papers. “Worse than bad.
“I sent an evaluation form home, inviting each parent to evaluate how his or her child liked my teaching style. It’s depressing. . . ”
The principal quickly skimmed through the evaluations, then looked
up and said, “Asking these questions was a good idea, Arial. Both wise—and brave. You’ve been teaching for one term. Now you know what to work on to improve as a teacher. For starters, it’s obvious the students like you very much.”
“Yes,” Arial replied slowly. “It’s also obvious that they don’t enjoy my lesson plans.”
“They don’t enjoy some of the lessons,” said the principal, “and I may know the reason why.”
Arial sat up straighter.
“First question,” said the principal, “how do humans communicate with each other?”
“Through our senses, of course,” Arial answered promptly.
“Our eyes and ears and into our brains—our visual and auditory systems.”