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I have been asked by a number of people why I ‘let’ my daughter travel abroad. It is always a question which stumps me, as I don’t feel that what she want to do with her life is really anything to do with me, so I don’t understand why I should be letting, or indeed stopping, her from doing what she wants to do. I am happy to support her in her life choices, especially as I can see that she is enjoying her life and getting a lot from what she is doing.
Together in Praque

Together in Prague

Sandy asked me to write about this, but I was struggling to know what to write until one of her friends came up with the following questions. So here are my answers, some of which will also the answer the question in the title of this post.
1) What are three good things about having a daughter who is a teacher?
1. She is doing a job that she loves and which takes her around the world – which gives me the chance to visit places that I would never have normally thought of going to – like Asuncion in Paraguay.
Asuncion from the air

Asuncion from the air

2. She is able to help her cousins when they are struggling with their work.
3. She is able to help me if I have a problem with my english.
2) Were there ever a moment in your life when you wished I wasn’t a teacher?  Please tell me about it.
When I am asked if I am good with English – I never feel very confident as I don’t know as much about the language and its elements as you do.
3) Was there ever a moment when you were very proud of something I did as a teacher? Please tell me about it.
I am often proud of what you do, but especially when you are working with someone who needs more help. In particular adapting your teaching style to teach a blind russian girl, including thinking about how she learnt and learning a bit of braille too.
4) How do you think me being a teacher has made life more complicated for you?
Fitting in to your always complicated plans during your times in the UK – when you try to fit in visiting and catching up with too many people in a short time.
Also dealing with all of the questions and comments from friends, family and acquaintances when you were in Sevastopol in the Crimea while it was changing from being Ukranian to being Russian, even though I was confident that you were safe.
5) Do you think I am well suited to be a teacher?  Why?
I think you are suited to being a teacher because you are always finding ideas to use in classes when you are out and about. You are passionate about your profession and always wanting to develop and challenge yourself. You are great at thinking about how other people learn and work to adapt your style to suit them.
6) What other jobs do you think I could have done or should have done?
I cannot think of any other job that would have suited you as well as being a teacher.
7) Why do you think I became a teacher?
Because you like helping people and you are interested in other cultures and languages – all of which are elements of being a TEFL teacher. You also had a great teaching role model in your grandad (my dad) who also loved to share his knowledge and expertise.
8) Why do you think I am a teacher now?
Because it is your passion.
9) How would our lives change if I stopped being a teacher tomorrow?
You would need to have another role that you could be just as passionate about. Your new role as a Director of Studies will be a stepping stone away from being a full time teacher, but I cannot envisage a time when you won’t be doing some kind of teaching whatever other roles you take on.

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