The English Teacher


Contradictions
April 4, 2007, 8:06 pm
Filed under: Daily Life

Teaching has definitely been more about learning than anything else.  The negative things I knew about myself were brought out in sharp relief and I felt ashamed.  However, I also learned that I’m not a completely bad person.  If I try hard enough, I can actually be caring and compassionate.  Who knew?

Teaching has stretched me in so many ways.  I worked with a group of students who come from backgrounds that are literally foreign to me.  At the same time, I was able to relate to these students in ways that their other teachers could not.  But even so, I was still one of “them,” their enemy, and not someone with whom they could form a relationship.

Teaching has broken me from my entropy.  You know, an object at rest remains at rest and an object in motion remains in motion.  For so long, I’ve been at rest but teaching has finally forced me to move and experience new things and new situations.  I suppose this is what the veteran teachers mean when they say that every day offers new excitement.  At this point, I’m just happy when none of my students riot.

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