Teaching is not for the faint of heart

Teaching is not for the faint of heart. If you teach as a subject area specialist, you come in contact with large numbers of people each day. Among my  50 – 100 multi-grade level students, chances are, some of them will like me, will like what I’m doing, and will be kind. Chances are equally good that some of them will not like me, will hate what I’m teaching and how I’m teaching it, and will be critical. If students are younger than 18 — and mine currently are —  their parents will also be a factor in the classroom — maybe 100 – 200 parents — each with their own opinion on how I am  doing at any given time as a teacher and as a person. These opinions  can change at any moment from bad to good, and good to bad. Nothing is permanent. Teaching is change.

Adding this human dimension on top of the basics of teaching — developing a curriculum sequence for each class, coming up with daily lesson plans, gathering materials, developing ways of getting ideas across to so many different learners, assessing understanding, grading lessons — all adds up to a job that can be very emotionally trying.

But teaching — this is such a cliche, I know — can also be incredibly rewarding. Some days, students are in a flow of learning, I’ve managed to teach a lesson so well they are all completely absorbed by what we are all learning, and we are all connected and caring and learning together. Then teaching is learning is pure joy.

 

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