As an aspiring poet, I wanted to become alluring. As a teacher-to-be, I soon figured out that the mystery within allure does not help the teacher. As I teach, I gravitate toward speaking sentences that will help set an atmosphere of connectivity. Mystery in the education setting creates barriers and misunderstandings. My humanity is behind my mystery, and students need to be able to see that.
To get my students’ attention, I usually ask them questions that will allow them to share their experiences. I’ll ask questions like the following. Who has been bullied? Who has bullied? Who has witnessed a classmate be bullied? I want them to see that they have similarities. And if they don’t, I want them to learn from each other’s experiences about things that have been unexplained to them such as why do students bully.
Although my goal as a teacher is to create an atmosphere of connectivity by dismantling the mystery, my least favorite part about being a teacher is that when I have my bad days, I can’t expect to show up at my local grocery store, and not see one of my students or my students’ parents. One of my college professors said, When you become a teacher you become a public figure. So even though, on my low days, I’m tempted to leave home with a negative attitude, runny mascara, and wild hair, my expected teacher image surfaces, and I can’t pretend to be a woman who works at the bank or at the post office.
Since I’m expected to be a public figure then I’m always inspired to, as the saying goes, get my shit together or at least pretend like I have my shit together.
This least favorite part about teaching is what challenges me for the better. Since I’m expected to be a public figure then I’m always inspired to, as the saying goes, get my shit together or at least pretend like I have my shit together. I have learned to face my bad days with the grace of a teacher who has 30 pairs of eyes on her. My role as a teacher challenges me be a role-model 24/7. It inspires me to be true to my word, to strive for healthy relationships, to be involved in my community, and to speak up.
In the comment section below I would love to know what is your least favorite part about teaching?