Recently some things have been happening to me that inspired this post. Two instances I would like to share with us all and draw out the lessons from it.
I am currently serving in a college in lagos. It is one of those elite schools with aje-butter kids and stuff. They don’t let Corpers teach fully but we substitute, or ‘cover’ like we call it.
That means that I have had cause to cover almost all the classes. I always thought teaching the senior classes would come naturally to me as I thought I would easily connect with them ‘at that level’. It was not quite the case as I soon realized that despite the fact that they were older, I found it hard to connect at that level. I had spent a lot of my time in Uni tutoring UNIVERSITY BRAINS, explaining complex sociological and psychological concepts to them. It was easy.
Making a switch to teenagers was not as easy as I thought. I enjoyed teaching the JS1’s and 2’s but it was very draining as I had to really really reeeeaaaaaaallllllyyyyy break it down. I don’t know but I couldn’t help but think we had started lowering our educational standards some. But hey, I could be wrong. I use my nieces as a benchmark. As far back as I have recalled, I have helped with homeworks and school projects. Those girls understood me breezily. Now don’t get me wrong ooo, I get along very well teaching and connecting with my students now, at that level because I just had to reach them. This was my job and they loved having Miss E’ in their class naturally so I just had to find a way. I don’t baby them of course. I don’t even know how to baby anyone. But I make sure that I humble myself to the level where they can actually grasp whatever it is that I am saying. I recall having to cover a JSS2 music class because the instructor had to be somewhere else. Shingbai, I don’t know in music. I recall that in feddy girls then, we called it MostUselessSubjectInClass. M.U.S.I.C.
Well, all I had to do was have them copy a really short note and when he came back, he would explain it to them. I got there and dictated the note on CADENCES to them. No way I was copying it on the board for JSS2 students biko. Let’s just say that the instructor was not very thrilled with me loool.
Teaching Sociology class to SS2 students also came at a great price because I have never had to break my course that I am in love with, down this much. It was fun reducing my rich sociological knowledge to their level though and we flow very well now. Yup, in case you are wondering, sociology is a course here for the social science inclined senior students who have to write and pass same in their IGCSE.
Teaching really younger people is a whole new world I am really enjoying and learning in.
Let’s take this to church for a minute.
Recently, my pastor handed a girl over to me to mentor. She was a little above 20. She was really green. It was so hard going over and over the basics of Christianity for her. Yes, I have always had mentees and stuff but they usually have some knowledge and are growing in the faith. They may question some things or even choose to deny it, but they knew. This chic was a newborn baby. I had to do serious prayers of direction for what to be telling her because at that stage, milk was the only thing she could take. Not the rich milk ooo. Real watery one first. I felt mad at myself because it was somewhat telling that I found it hard to relate at first. ‘Like seriously, Eziaha, that you have grown in your walk with God doesn’t mean you should not be able to reach out and connect at ALL levels of people in the faith. ‘
‘ Thankfully, the girl was easy to work with. She had an open though naïve mind and she was very willing to learn. Today when she hugs me, I feel like I am hugging an Eziaha too. I send her regular passages, bought her a bible (I found it hard to believe that some people don’t have bibles biko nu. Wow!!! There is work to be done o people.), pray with and for her, got her an MP3 and loaded it with messages, and stuff. She is growing and I am so proud of her.
Once she didn’t see me in church and she called me to ask me why I wasn’t in church. Imagine!!! Hello!!! Who is doing the follow up here please? Looooooooool. FABtastic sweetheart, that girl.
I said all that to say this, especially to us who have received such grace and have grown in the faith. We need to stay malleable. We cannot afford to advance so much and become rigid, that we cannot reach a certain level of persons especially for good. You can’t be going to heaven alone biko. Paul says, ‘I became all things to all men…’ I don’t see anyone of us, most especially me, being as advanced as Bro Paul (lol at bro). As we shine our light, we would attract all sorts. Be sure to connect to them even ‘at that level’
Cheers to a malleable, out-reaching, enriching and fruitFULL life,
PS; Special E’ shout-out to my fellow blogger and brother Ike Amadi. I love you though I am even yet to meet you. Your blog and tweets are so inspiring and so fun. You make me feel like a baby Christian. Can’t wait to meet you finally. I don’t even know what you look like loool.
Oh wait *runstoyourblogtofindapicture*
Phew, now i do 🙂
And I love the bible study #la187 you do. I need to start something like that too. Hugsssss darling. Find his blog here
PPS; Confession works!!! I had already gotten an Android thanks to the Jim Ovia foundation and the social media awareness youth seminar. Though the program had ended, I still told my friends that I would also win the laptop. I recall one saying ‘na wa ooo Eziaha, how is that possible?’ So I got tweeted at, I and 9 others. Further email correspondence after and I had gotten/won a laptop. Whoop!!!
I know, I am so blessed. Don’t hate. It’s the God in me. I did a review of the program on my NYSC blog here www.isegreenng.wordpress.com Please read and comment and spread word.
My next set of posts are really exciting. Three topics i have in mind. Nay four. 1. Has anybody noticed?
2. While you are waiting.
3. The SEED principle
4. I am building them NO altars
You wanna keep it locked to Miss E’s blog yo!!!