I’ve been a teacher for most of my adult life. For a while in public school, and a few other types of positions. Right now I’m a flight instructor. Generally, I’m very good at teaching students who are having problems understanding a concept. But sometimes I run out of new ways to explain something and the student still doesn’t get it. I don’t get upset with them at times like this (that would be blaming the victim), and I know they’ll get it eventually. These moments can be frustrating for me, but I try never to let it show.
Here are a few clips that illustrate how I feel during these moments. I’d be interested to learn of others.
The Simpsons - Up and at 'em! A voice coach with a difficult student. I love how he feels compelled to encourage him at the end anyway.
Fawlty Towers - I know nothing Basil Fawlty owns a hotel, and Manuel is a waiter who speaks little English. Cleese is trying to hide gambling winnings from his wife, and must ensure that Manuel conceals what he knows.