We have invited Rodrigo Krotzsch to be our guest in today’s edition of our regular feature “Meet our teachers”. Rodrigo hails from the city of Torreon, Mexico.
Tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Rodrigo Abel Monarrez Krotzsch. I’m the oldest of 3 brothers. I am 28 years old. I am a computer engineer by profession.
Why did you decide to be a teacher?
I noticed that my teachers weren’t really ready for “real life”. I wanted to share practical knowledge that I had acquired through my own experience with students. This is important; after all, how else will they get to know their future profession better, and be able to work better.
How is the Teachers’ Day celebrated in your country?
Here in Mexico, it’s a public holiday. The schools usually put on a party for the teachers.
What personal qualities should a teacher have?
A teacher must have patience, the ability to teach and a lot of empathy.
What is the most important rule for a teacher?
The key and most important rule is to strive to make your student the best they can be, so that in future they can make a contribution for the good of society.
What difficulties do you commonly encounter at work?
It’s sometimes difficult to remain calm. It can also sometimes be hard to get your ideas across to students.
How does your working day unfold?
In a good way, with lots going on. My working day is filled with teaching and my own personal matters.
Is it easy to hold classes online?
It’s difficult, because on the Internet, where the lessons take place, students often get distracted.
What motivates you and inspires you?
Really, it’s my family that inspires me. I do my best in my work, so as to make my contribution in various fields.
What do you like about teaching?
I really like the fact that when I’m teaching, I am helping the students to grow. In the future, perhaps they will achieve great things and make a contribution to the common good of society.
What is the right way to motivate a student?
I don’t think there is a single answer to this question. To motivate them, you have to know the student very well; then, the teacher will be able to combine the student’s personal interests with their teaching.
What do you think of the BeginIT project?
I liked the idea of a project designed to provide a basic technological education from an early age. I think that knowledge of the core principles of IT will make it easier to find employment in any sector.
What are your plans for the future?
I would like to have my own business, one that would allow me to spend more time with my family.
What advice would you give to future teachers and their students? What would you like to wish for your colleagues and others involved in the project?
I recommend my future colleagues to take part in this project, because its
impact on students and their professional development is sizable. As for the students of the future, I recommend that they talk to their teachers more and try to get as much as they can out of their education.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
My hobbies are playing chess and traveling.