Teaching is more than a profession. It’s a way of life and a way of thinking. It’s never finished. It’s highs and lows. It’s drudgery and epiphany. It’s exhilarating and exhausting. Some days are so much fun you go home grinning. Others leave you thinking that it’s time to do something else. But every day of teaching is a day filled with opportunities to have a significant impact on a kid’s life, and that makes you want to be a better person than you are.
Perhaps it is in the nature of teachers to reflect and verbalize, compare notes, question themselves, and encourage others. In this section, I’ve collected a few of my own thoughts about the profession. I was still teaching when I started doing this and have since retired, but the ideas remain current, I think, so I have decided to keep them here in the updated website. I like talking to teachers, and being a teacher has been a huge part of my life. (You can also find several relevant blog posts under Still Amazed if you look under the category of teaching; maybe at some point I will transfer them over to here.) I’ve also included a couple of “how to” essays written when I was an online mentor for new teachers as part of a national program, but even after having taught for such a long time I’m not sure I like giving advice. Let’s just consider this a place to touch base. I still have way more questions than answers.