The Start of a New Venture

GDR "village teacher" (a teacher tea...
GDR “village teacher” (a teacher teaching students of all age groups in one class) in 1951. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Don’t only practice your art, but force your way into its secrets, for it and knowledge can raise men to the Divine. – Beethoven

I have entered what will be my last week of ‘summer vacation’. Orientation for new teachers begins next Monday and I am in the throes of lesson planning, Powerpoint creation, and quiz/test preparation. I have had to think about things I have not yet had to; class attitude expectations, the particulars of assignments, grade weighting, etc. I find this most invigorating.

I must admit though that with this new look behind the curtain of what teachers actually do, I have been pondering many aspects of the teaching craft. Though there is much work to teaching, it is nonetheless a craft. A craft with which you may put immense concentration into the details or go about it listlessly and shoddily. (Just as not every painter or artist is a true craftsman.) Besides consistently growing in their field, I believe that teachers must always evaluate their methods of teaching. We must not believe that once we have reached a teaching position or have had a few years experience in the field that we have mastered teaching.

If we as teachers, truly love teaching as we say we do, why would we cease to grow in our field, ever-growing to be the best from year to year?

Don’t get me wrong, I am a spring chicken in the field of teaching, and there is so much I know that I do not understand. Perhaps some of you are saying, “just wait until you get in the field”. I couldn’t agree with you more. I sit here a mere week from orientation and I shake in my boots about how my I don’t know how to do. But we must start somewhere, and I pray that I was right in believing that a year of substitute teaching would greatly reduce my upcoming mistakes.

Well in the mean time, if you have any ‘first year’ tips, I would love to hear them. Shoot me a comment or email and let’s talk about teaching craft.

Shivering in Starbucks (Why must they keep it so cold?)

Mr. Bluebaugh