Friday, August 27, 2010
Reflecting Back on the First Year of Teaching
Heading into my 14th year, I feel confident and comfortable beginning the year with a sense of purpose and a greater understanding of what lies ahead. I know there will be an infinite number of decisions to be made, but each requires much less thought and effort compared with those of a decade ago. Many decisions are automatic now with no need to belabor the question or situation. This is what experience brings. I am no longer endlessly bogged down with the tiny details that need to be thought out and worked out; the thousands of little problems that arise. I can primarily focus on what is important, teaching and student learning.
The intermittent sleep and the strange dreams still occur, but I am thankful that I now have the experience and the tools to deal with most of the situations and decisions that need to be made daily in the classroom.
That first group of students will be graduating college this year. The cycle continues.