One of my favorite education related blogs is Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice. My first day in ed school in June 2010, Larry spoke to my cohort as an honored, guest speaker. I cannot recall the specifics of his talk, aging has that effect. Yet, I do recall that hearing him speak, soaking in his earnestness and insights from his career in education, infused me with greater appreciation and certitude for my new career path as a teacher.
To that end, I frequent Larry’s blog. In the comments of a recent post of his, another teacher replied to my comment stating she loved her second career as a teacher. My reply to her follows.
I’m working towards the “loving it” part…I find myself frustrated too often by the persistent gap between student readiness for a course and the expectations (requirements) of the course…As teachers, we are too constrained by an archaic, overly rigid framework for certifying student understanding…we need to unbundle school to unleash learning!
I do hope that someday I find a way to say “I love teaching.” I may love it already and just do not know how to recognize it in myself, as love has been rife with challenges for me in my life. While I love words, and speaking at times, as my students recognize, there are some areas where I act more as a mute, and love is one such area. So until the time I can think or utter the words, I plan to show my sentiment through my actions and deeds. It’s the only way I know to show love. I think many of my students pick up on it, too.