6 inconvenient truths about teaching

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  1. I would add that another inconvenient truth about teaching is that no matter how hard you work, you will never feel like you did enough. You’ll never feel “finished.” There’s always one more intervention to try, one more child to reach on one more day and on and on.

  2. Hi Mohammed,

    It was only after I left teaching that I really learned how true #5 is. No matter how much a teacher engages with others (in a PLN or otherwise), the daily work that a teacher does is often alone. You share your stories and collaborate with colleagues as much as possible, but the highs and lows are yours.

    This can be very good. When a student finally grasps a concept or uses a phrase that s/he has been struggling with, you feel great going home. When a real teachable moment is taught, it makes the rest of your evening.

    It can also be very bad. When a lesson just doesn’t work or a student is particularly frustrating, it can ruin an entire week.

    It makes for very high-running emotions, but it also makes for endless chances to start again. I hadn’t read David’s post on this type of unbearable lightness, but I will. I will also say that working in an environment of drawn-out projects can make you miss the time when each lesson was its own beginning and ending.

  3. Hi John!
    Yes the highs and the lows are yours. The time you plant a seed and see it blossom in front of you is just a MAGIC moment. But when a lesson is a fiasco, THEN it’s the heartache…for YOU only YOU. The blame is yours!

  4. Hi tami!
    Thank you for adding a seventh inconvenient truth. I would like also to add a #8 one:
    Teaching is one of the lowest paid professions.

  5. Hi Si Mohammed,
    That’s really a good job you’re doing. Keep up the great job.

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