Why I Teach: Looking back at a tough first year
Yes, that’s me on the right back in the mid-1970s. Here’s an excerpt I use to remind myself what those first few years were like, and why I’ve stayed in the profession for the past 42 years:
If you had asked me back in the beginning to tell you why I teach, I don’t know how I might have answered. It wasn’t the money— back in my days as a teaching intern [in 1973], I was bringing home a mere $318 a month, which wasn’t much, even then. It wasn’t the hours—between graduate school and losing the battle to stay one step ahead of my thirty-nine fifth graders, I was putting in ridiculously long days. And it certainly wasn’t the chance to exercise my genius as an instructor—I was lucky if I could get through one day without a fight breaking out.
No, there wasn’t much glory in… (Click here to read more…)
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