#Describe a time you taught something new to a younger person
You should say:
- when it happened
- who and what you taught
- why you taught this person
- and how you felt about the teaching
Well, since I’m a teacher, I teach new things to younger people daily. However, I will highlight one experience, in particular, that was rewarding (gave me a personal benefit) to me. This would be when I taught a four-year-old student how to hold a pencil correctly and begin to write her first letters.
Thinking back, this was about two years ago now. I usually teach high-school aged kids, but at this particular time, I decided to take on a summer school program with 4-5-year-old students. This girl who I prepared to write was four years old, while the others were five years old, already having experience in kindergarten. I planned a lesson on the alphabet, assuming that all of them had previous knowledge of this. However, I had to sit beside the four-year-old girl to further assist her as she didn’t have prior experience of this. We started by holding the pencil together to form the letters, followed by me slowly easing (taking off quickly) my hand off of it. I stayed beside her until she was able to write out her first letters. As the class progressed, she was quickly able to keep up (remain at the same speed as) with the five-year-olds.
This was an enriching experience for me; I was just so excited. Since I had never experienced teaching a child an essential skill, it was special to me. It made me start to think about raising my own family one day, especially standing beside my children at their milestones (significant life events). I had never thought about how exciting it must be to be a parent! All in all, it was an emotional moment for me.