Scrabble, Life, and Teaching
I used to play quite a bit of Scrabble at one time, but I stopped after I realized how potentially obsessive things could get.
In Scrabble, you have seven tiles which you took from the bag. Ever so often, you end up with really bad tiles, like too many vowels or consonants. In this way, you could say that there’s an element of luck in the game – if you’re lucky, you end up with good tiles; if you’re unlucky, you get stuck with bad tiles.
The best Scrabble players get bad tiles, just like the rest of us. But unlike the rest of us, they can still can play great games even with bad tiles.
Scrabble expert Marlon Hill was teaching a bunch of schoolkids the game, and he was telling them that the philosophy of Scrabble is like the philosophy of life – whatever you get, you just have to make the most out of what you have.
Good teachers have the same philosophy towards teaching the students they have. You don’t always get bright and motivated students, but you do make the most out of your situation, and bring the best out of your students.
May we have more of such teachers.