The author steals five lessons on personalized teaching from watching Kung Fu Panda.
4. You might wish for an apple or an orange, but you will get a peach. These are the immortal words to Shifu from Oogway when he councils him on how to train Po as the Dragon Warrior.
How can we adjust our expectations so we can appreciate the types of people our students become? I'd be sadly disappointed if - as I tried early on in my career - I didn't produce future English teachers and wanna be authors. I've produced a few of those, but I've also helped students discover how to use writing to excel in college on their way to being nurses, engineers, journalists, entrepreneurs, and administrators.