A term from Zen. The idea is that a beginner's mind is open. From Zen Mind, Beginners' Mind by Shunryn Suzuki 'In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, in the expert's there are few'.
I think teachers should always try to keep the beginners mind, so we rediscover our subject over and over again, and don't ever forget what it was like when we were just starting out.
Enjoying your blog
Thoughtful. I chanced upon your blog today and I enjoy reading them. I'm a new tutor for L197 R02 (new course, Chinese for Beginners) and am still learning how to use the OU blog.