Kind words can make a huge differenceJust a couple of hours ago, I met with an old friend after two years. His wife is now a teacher in a local school but takes free tuition in English for poor students from the same school, who cannot afford to pay any tuition fees.
Though the students tried to speak mostly in Tamil, the lady was so patient and literally made every one of the five children speak at least a few words in English. She often repeated the words and asked the students to write them down immediately. The children were so happy and were really responsive. After 15 minutes, each child profusely thanked the teacher and went home. Their parents came to take them home and the teacher patiently saw off each of the students.
The positivity was awesome. When I quizzed the teacher, she merely replied that kind words has a big magical effect on such children, who long for parental love and attention. Since their fathers are workers and mothers mere housewives, the chances of their speaking in English was almost zero.
But the child would go home, first tell the Tamil word and then proudly tell the meaning in English. This is exactly the main objective, she explained. I was just wondering how many of us have the kind of patience and the ability to not only teach but always talk so kindly to such children.