What I try to avoid as a teacher

I found this comic online today.

Stay Young

Don’t let yourself turn into the old guy.

I really think the message here is simple, yet great. Don’t be the old guy in the last panel. Don’t be the teacher that is simply there to “fill the bucket,” so to speak. I find myself thinking of my career as more mentoring than teaching, which I think helps me remain happy from day-to-day. I like to think of my students as protegés that are counting on me to help them mature and grow as individuals. If I simply relay to them standard, immutable information, am I really helping them? Education is a joint effort.

Think about it.

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I have a unique perspective on teaching. As a young guy, I still have that “world is my oyster” perspective on life, so I am more than willing to try new things in the pursuit of happiness. I have always been a naturally happy person and don’t shy away from trying to make others see that it’s easy to be happy! Thus, the blog you’re reading. The main impetus for actually putting all the work in to getting this blog up and running? A coworker stopped me in the hall one day and actually reprimanded me for being so smiley all the time. They actually said that I shouldn’t be so happy as a teacher! My response? Screw that! I SHOULD be happy. I now smile at that coworker EVERY time I see them…and usually say something like, “Isn’t this such great day to be a teacher?!” They don’t usually smile back… Don’t be like them.

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