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Hello all,

I'm enjoying teaching but it is hard to tell how well (or not) I am doing. The children are good at chorally repeating what I say, individually they of course find it difficult to speak due to pronunciation, and I gave a written test to my older group this week and despite having spent the past two weeks teaching the same words they're still not quite getting it, aside from a few clever ones. I've been playing games with the older ones too which has proved complex especially in a big class and with prizes involved (sweets). Ah well, it's trial and error. To make it fair I've had to let each student play this particular game individually leaving the rest of the class to watch (talk) which wasn't what I intended! Just want to move past it! Plus I wasn't organised enough and didn't properly record who has and hasn't played meaning some could easily play again and I wouldn't notice (as there are sweets involved) but I think the rest of the class would put a stop to that! Should be over by the end of this week though I hope!

Anyway, I asked for advice re. my younger students (grade 2 - 2nd year learning English)
Hex 44

I've been teaching them animal words and prepositions (not sentences just single words) but I think more often than not I have been introducing too many words in one go and not going over them enough. But I don't want them to get bored...
Does hex 44 suggest I'm coming on too strong? I asked this before my lesson this morning which was quite successful but when we played Chinese whispers it wasn't the success I thought... I was whispering two words but each time they only came out with one (if that...)

Advice re. my older (grade 3) students:
Hex 59

This could be to do with washing away the game that I'm trying to get through and making a fresh start (it's getting boring and I feel bad for those who did not get a sweet/have to spend the lesson watching but I have to see it through (rod for my own back situation). Does this hex suggest I need to move on from whatever I'm focusing on now? That would be nice...

Finally, there's a guy here who I feel I get on with well, and have been wondering if there could be more as I am also physically attracted (darn). He's quite a catch but also sometimes a bit stubborn and maybe a bit of contention between us sometimes, but he's very kind and always positive! (opposite from me although I feel I'm getting there recently - was recommended a book called 'The Secret' by another girl here which sounds like I could benefit from - theory/practice though eh...)

Anyway don't know if it's anything special as he doesn't particularly seek out but we seem to gravitate when together. Plus we're in a big group (where I finally feel accepted/able to be myself! Has been so long since I've felt that way! and if I do feel a change I feel I will be less sensitive as in the past because I feel I understand how things work a bit more. Namely think and behave as if you're liked and you will be! As someone else said to me before. Seems to be working!Maybe I'm starting to like myself too a bit more recently! And I feel less needy although still have love on the brain :/ But also more interested in concentrating on teaching and where I'm going next in my life, independently. Travel/change of environment seems to be a good cure for depression - because of course there's more going on outside you! But I know also demons don't die that easily - always keep vigilant as the I ching would say! (Maybe a hex 63 ref?)

Anyway I asked what is the intended nature of the dynamic between me and this person?
45.4,5 > 2

To me this reflects that we are in a large group. He is probably the most influential in the sense that he is quite a quirky character, and knows the most Chinese! So maybe hex 2 is reflecting that we're receptive to each other but keep it open and gather naturally and openly? Does it suggest romantic attraction? Or perhaps just friendship. I think there was an attraction but it wasn't acted on when it could have been and it kind of feels like it's bypassed that and staying in friendship mode.. but I feel slightly frustrated by it. Plus I find it very hard to tell, and tend to get carried away with myself. Maybe when it is mutual there is less guess work needed... I don't remember though it's so long since I had a relationship!!

Advice on any of the above would be great. Sorry for the waffling though!

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H44 and H59

Hello all,

I'm enjoying teaching but it is hard to tell how well (or not) I am doing.

Anyway, I asked for advice re. my younger students (grade 2 - 2nd year learning English)
Hex 44
You are a brief encounter in their lives...Yi is suggesting that your influence is quite transitory, and therefore you should simply enjoy the encounter.
Advice re. my older (grade 3) students:
Hex 59
You are dispersing your energy, scattering your seed to them for long term growth; again, you will not be able to tell much in the short term. Seeds planted lay dormant through winters and other periods until conditions are correct.

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Thank you tiger. Yes I am only supposed to be here for another 3 and a half months so transitory is right! Short sharp burst of energies seems to be what they get from their foreign teachers. Our style is very different from the Chinese English teachers who are much stricter and don't play games like we do... they're probably a lot tireder too given their hours of work!

The way you describe hex 59 makes it sound more like hex 9! But makes sense what you're saying. What I'm teaching it is hard to tell how much each individual is taking in, although getting a better idea having set them a writing task... they still needed a lot of help. They learn mainly through repetition. I think Hex 59 with regards to this grade is reflecting a need to restructure - the past two weeks have been more of a chore because of the game I introduced, and prizes, which I should have thought about more... :eek:

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Dispersing

The way you describe hex 59 makes it sound more like hex 9! But makes sense what you're saying. What I'm teaching it is hard to tell how much each individual is taking in, although getting a better idea having set them a writing task... they still needed a lot of help. They learn mainly through repetition. I think Hex 59 with regards to this grade is reflecting a need to restructure - the past two weeks have been more of a chore because of the game I introduced, and prizes, which I should have thought about more... :eek:

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In Hex 9, there would be careful nurturing and watering and weeding...you are there for the long term, taming accumulating and restraining. But in Dispersing, you are dropping boundaries and letting the energy flow forth out of channels.

The Wikiwing commentary presents the idea of energy flowing out of channels, things having less form, but it also presents the idea of constancy. I think that constancy is to overcome an extreme form of Dispersion, where you lose all boundaries.

In general, I would say the reading means let the energy flow out of the usual form but still have more efforts to communicate with constancy.

It does seem a paradox...The seed analogy came to me while writing earlier, but you are not planting seeds...it is more like scattering seeds, giving up all the energy you have to give with great constancy, but letting the wind take the seeds, giving up on the idea of tracking closely what happens with each seed.

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