**Here is a repost from my super amazing Kling buddy Suzette Duncan. (My additions are in pink)**
Thinking a lot about being a teacher today.
I think I became a teacher because I love to learn. I think some people become teachers so that they will “know” or be seen as someone who “knows.” We all have had teachers like that. And I think sometimes students believe all teachers are like that.
We are not.
I have learned more as a teacher than I ever did as a student. I have learned a lot about the world, English grammar, ancient cultures, &c., but I have actually learned the most about myself. (I’ve learned about kindergarten number sense and reading acquisition and let’s not even get started on what I can tell you about good vs. bad tech tools. More than anything, I can tell you I’m a grouchy teacher when I’m hungry and I have to work every day at being patient with colleagues who don’t keep my manic pace.)
I never knew that how curious I was about string theory, until I became a teacher. (I never realized how much I care about collaboration and connection before I became a teacher. Change management is my favorite topic.)
I didn’t know I could successfully teach myself to play a beautiful instrument, until I became a teacher. (I didn’t realize I could co-teach 1st grade math without anxiety, until I became a teacher.)
I didn’t know how much friendships could mean, until I became a teacher. (I didn’t realize how much I would need my family to be my #1 champions and my super sounding board every day-until I became a teacher.)
Do you teach? What have you learned as a teacher?