Luke Bancroft Monash University
A colleague of mine once told me that I was the odd one out. It was early one evening, about mid-way through my first semester of tutoring, and I was having a bit of a vent because my students weren’t as engaged as I had hoped they would be. ‘Remember’, she said, ‘you can’t expect them to be as interested in it as you are…it’s what you do.’ It made perfect sense to me then, and ever since I have tried to be mindful of the fact that a good teacher/tutor/mentor/whatever must always consider the complexities of keeping their students engaged. Surely having a happy and interested student is half the battle…right? Whilst this may be a strange place to start a post on five weeks spent assisting forty-five students explore the Renaissance in Tuscany, there was definitely a lesson in those words that resonated.