<p>When students begin an academic adventure they are met with many unknowns. Before that their worlds have developed at differing rates and intensities; shaped to some degree by popular culture. So their entrance into a realm of new ideas and challenges are waiting for them. My challenge is to bring them into the learning journey as gracefully and carefully as I can. It's important to learn a student's abilities and talents. Then, gradually, serious work begins. Assignments are made and progress is made. Students have obligations to do their assignments dutifully and timely. They must also feel free to speak openly abut any aspect of their work with me. And it's my duty to respond intelligently and sympathetically to their inquiries. At best, when the procedure flows like it should there is joy and excitement for both teacher and student. In the very best sense learning happens best when a special relationship develops between a teacher and a student.</p>
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