These are some random thoughts I have written down in my reflections throughout my teaching career about why I teach. This is a question I often asked myself, at the highs and lows of the teaching process. Here were some of my answers.
- Seeing someone go from "I CAN'T DO THIS! I'm just not smart enough." to "I did it!"
- Keep someone from making the same mistakes others did. (Written after a rather difficult student decided to drop out only a few weeks before graduation.)
- There are few moments of personal satisfaction greater than a lesson executed to perfection. ("I love it when a plan comes together!" - Col. Smith, The A-Team)
A reflection from 3 weeks in to my teaching career
I called on a student today. I said, "Josh can you answer this question?" After a brief awkward pause, the student next to him said, "You know his name is NOT Josh right?"
I said, "It's not???"
"I'm Zach," the student said softly.
"I've been calling you Josh for 3 weeks. Why didn't you say anything?" I replied.
"I thought you'd figure it out eventually. I know this is your first year teaching and I didn't want you to feel bad," he said.
Right next to that note in my reflection was "Don't forget to bring Tylenol"
Have a Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday season!
I'll start posting again in the new year.
Mr. B Ed Tech
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