With a few minutes left before rushing to the airport for a two-legged flight to Tucson, I started scanning through my aggregator. Interestingly ( or else I wouldn’t be blogging right now), I ran across postings from Christian Long (think:lab), and Chris Lehman (Practical Theory). They both talk about administrators (Christian’s wife and Lehmanns new job opening an innovative high school) who do what they do because they love being teachers.
I can identify. I taught social studies, science, and math to 12 and 13 year olds for nearly ten years. I loved it, except for the first year when I’d signed up for the Civil Service Exam by December, thinking that I’d rather be a rural postal carrier. At some point, during that time, I discovered computers, became seduced, and wanted to teach everyone about them, not just my 8th graders.
So I took a job with another school system as their computer resource teacher, was promoted to Director of Technology, and started spending more time running reports than teaching. So I fled for the State Department of Public Instruction, where we taught teachers about technology and created some really interesting ways to use technology in the state’s classrooms. But then our travel budgets were cut, and we were all fired and asked to re-apply for the only 300 jobs that would be left (this in booming economic times). I fled again, to an office in my basement, where I get to teach nearly every day.
What is it about teaching? Where does the electricity come from when you teach something to someone that they didn’t know before? It’s addictive. It’s the right thing to do.
Ooops! Got to go.