Looking back at his start in teaching, the Reflective Educator writes: I Never Expected.
I never expected that teaching in many schools means waging two very difficult battles: one against student apathy, behavioral problems, and knowledge/skills gaps; and the other against incompetent/misguided administrators/policies. . . .
I never expected that excellent teaching involved much more than owning a dynamic personality. I used to think that excellent classroom management, creativity, and lots of energy were the sole essential ingredients to great teaching. I was very wrong. More on that here and here.
I never expected that I could work with so many dedicated people. And I never expected working with a population of all English language learners would teach me so much about the world, myself, and excellent teaching.
One thing I did expect: I would love teaching. And I do. I love this job. I love this job. I love this job.
There’s more on An Urban Teacher’s Education, which I’ve added to the blogroll.