“Good teaching is 1/4 preparation and 3/4 theatre.”
“What a teacher is, is more important than what (s)he teaches.”
*gender modification made by C is for Camacho
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
– Nelson Mandela
“Kids don’t remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are.”
– Jim Henson
Why do I teach? This is a multi-dimensional, evolving question that cannot be answered in a single post; so, let’s start with the first three things that come to mind.
I teach because:
- it’s my passion
- it’s fun
- it’s rewarding
Teaching is a special line of work.
I picked teaching, initially, because I thought I was going to be a professor someday–and that someday could still happen, it just doesn’t seem to be in my near future.
I picked teaching in the K-12 setting because I wanted to make sure I enjoyed teaching, and could teach, before I pursued teaching at the highest academic level (university setting).
The good news: teaching became my passion, and it’s fun, and it’s been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.
One of my favorite things in the classroom is listening to a student read. Not for assessment, not to monitor them–just to listen and give them an opportunity to learn for learning’s sake.
Not every moment needs to be fast-paced, data-driven, or assessed. Take a short break from being in charge, or being in full teacher-mode, and just appreciate that reading is learning, that reading should be enjoyed, and that giving a student your undivided attention is beautiful.