I’ve been teaching — off and on, in a variety of settings, and with a variety of people, from toddlers to adults  — for all of my adult life. And what strikes me most about teaching in any setting, and with any group of people, is what emotional work it is. A good day teaching is the most sublime, joyful experience — as if the sun were rising in your chest. You make real, beautiful connections with other human beings and feel as if your experience teaching has made the world a saner, healthier, better place.

A bad day teaching, however, is like a trip into the blackest pits of Tartarus. It is on those days that I have often wished I had a crack team of master teachers sitting on my shoulders, offering suggestions and consolation. I’d like this blog to be a forum to explore the tender heart — the emotional truths — of teaching and share how we stumble along this path to becoming more humane teachers.


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