中韩对照版 2011年第4期 程谟灏 ( 泰国吉拉达孔子课堂汉语教师志愿者) 2016-06-13
这帮5、6 岁的小孩儿，躲在窗帘后面的，藏在桌子底下的，趴在讲台边上的，都觉得自己藏得很严实，却不知道那一双双前前后后的小脚丫，一张张起起伏伏的小肚皮， 早就暴露了自己。我装作没看见。
在智民学校工作第二年，学校给我换了班级，结果又是一个全校出名的班级。去年三年级各班的“风云人物”， 都集中到了这个班。正当我每天琢磨着有啥 “妙招” 的时候，突然发现一堆男生对我的老北京布鞋很感兴趣。
在泰国工作的第二年，生活方面已经完全适应了，教学方面也越来越顺手，工作的重心慢慢转移到如何更好地与学生沟通，如何在学生心中播撒汉语学习的火种。中国有句话：不养儿，不知父母恩. 25 岁的我，单身漂泊在异国他乡，在这个三尺讲台上，面对着一群孩子，也慢慢体会到作为长辈，对后辈美好未来的殷切希望，我已经慢慢把这些学生当成自己的孩子，这些使我明白了如何做一个好爸爸，好儿子，更重要的是如何做一个好老师。
Chinese-English No.4 2011 Cheng Mohao2016-06-23
It was my birthday. I went into the classroom with a birthday cake.
The children, 5 and 6 years old, hid themselves behind curtains, under desks or beside the platform, believing they were well under cover. But their feet, bellies gave them away. I just pretended I hadn’t seen them.
“Anyone here? The teacher has come but the students disappeared.” Some of them couldn’t help laughing and I heard someone counting “one, two, three …” and then 38 students jumped up. Singing the birthday song, they put their self-made birthday cards in my hands. The children were smiling and I was smiling. A student suddenly held me with his arms, which almost took me down. Another student came to me and shook my hands…
In the second year of my teaching career, I chose to stay and teach Chinese in Thailand. The main reason is because of these children.
NO DISCORD, NO CONCORD
I bought a pair of fabric shoes in Beijing before I went back to work in Thailand. The school has a rule that everyone should wear national costumes on Friday, no matter Thai or Chinese costumes. A pair of fabric shoes goes well with either type and more importantly, it is more comfortable to wear fabric shoes.
In the second year, the school assigned me to teach another class, a “renowned” class in the school. “Students of the year” were all sent to this class. While I was thinking about how to deal with them, I found that the boys developed an interest in my Beijing fabric shoes.
“Mr. Cheng, your shoes are so cool!”
“Where did you get those shoes?”
“Sir, these are Kungfu shoes, right?”
Then these children gathered around me and posed as Chinese Kungfu masters. In response, I posed to face a challenge. They suddenly came up to me. Obviously they had planned it. Some of them held my arms and some held my legs while some others held my back from behind. They were after all children. Mere muscle flexing was enough to finish them off.
There were more boys than girls in the class and the naughtiest students were the boys. Gradually we developed friendship through “fighting.” Our relationship became close and it was easier to communicate with them.
STORY ABOUT FISH
One day, I told a story about “eating fish” to the students of two classes. At the end of the class, I asked them if they preferred to learn how to catch a fish or be given a fish.
Some of them said they would like to learn how to catch a fish.
Some said they didn’t like fish.
Some asked me why I told them such a story.
It really takes great skills to be a good teacher: you are not only supposed to teach well but also act well. I answered, rather casually, “I am going back to China next year. What I have taught you is not enough. I want to teach you how to learn Chinese, so that you can teach yourselves when there is no teacher. There is an old Chinese saying ‘Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, feed him for a lifetime’.”
“Sir, why are you going back to China?”
“Sir, are you going back to get married?”
There were some girls about to cry.
Then they knew that I was not going to teach them the next year and understood why I tried to teach them how to learn Chinese themselves. At last, more students found a better approach to learn Chinese.
The honest Thai people hate lying. I’d rather wait till next year to explain to them. This was just a little white lie of their teacher.
In the second year, I have become completely used to the life in Thailand and the work goes more smoothly. I shifted the focus of my work to better communication with the students and better promotion of Chinese language. At age of 25, I live alone overseas. Standing on this narrow platform facing these children, I developed ardent good wishes for the younger generation and regard the students as my own children. They help me realize how to be a good father, a good son and, most importantly, a good teacher.