Why do I teach?

Installment #10:

I teach because it is essential.

If there’s one thing I learned in the past year, it’s that there are certain professions and industries which sustain our entire existence; there are certain professions and industries that hold up the entirety of society.

Schools, teachers, education–we function, we thrive, thanks to the (public) education system(s).

I knew implicitly how much schools provided, but I don’t think I understood the reach or magnitude until the buildings closed, and the way of schooling transformed, overnight. And I know those who had no idea previously, were even more shocked.

Teaching is essential. And to be able to provide such an essential service, to teach, is an incredible opportunity and noble work–and for that, I teach.

Things I never knew . . .

Installment #18:

Five things I never knew . . . until I became a teacher:

  • how much planning is involved in a single lesson
  • how much planning is involved in a single online lesson
  • how much energy is needed for a single day of teaching
  • how much energy is needed for a single day of online teaching
  • the magnitude of difference between in-person and online teaching