I was sitting in a teacher’s room yesterday when a young teacher came in. He just had a lesson for his teacher’s training in which his supervisor observed him. The way this works is that you plan a lesson, meticulously, then you give the lesson and afterwards there is a discussion if you did well. The trainee teacher was optimistic at the beginning of this talk, obviously satisfied with the lesson. At the end of the talk, after about fifteen minutes where I partially eavesdropped on it in the teacher’s room, he had his head in his hands, slumped in his chair, defeated by the criticism he had to hear. Granted, I didn’t see his lesson and I don’t know him very well. Maybe he sucks as a teacher, maybe his plan was awful, maybe he is really delusional about his teaching abilities. But something about that progress from enthusiasm to slump stayed with me.
I explained what sucks about being a teacher two days ago and today, right before school starts again tomorrow, I want to look at the other side and explain why it’s great to be a teacher.
One reason why I like being a teacher so much is the fact that you can experiment a lot. You are so free in what you do in class and how you do it, that it is very refreshing to change things up and try something new. Actually school gets boring fast if you don’t try something new.
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