Thursday, March 18, 2010


Teaching, for some reason, is one of those professions that everyone apparently knows how to do. Everyone has an opinion about how students should be taught and what teachers are doing wrong. Everyone's an armchair quarterback.

I will let you in on a secret. Teaching really isn't that simplistic. Motivating and educating a group of diverse adolescents day after day is not as easy as stickers and detentions. Behaviorism might work for dogs, but it doesn't work for humans. Sigmund Freud compared learning human psychology to learning how to play the piano. The human mind is a delicate puzzle that cannot be deciphered with a hammer.

After over a decade of teaching, I still introspect on a daily basis about my methods, glean new insights and make adjustments.

Photo by Gavin's Goods.


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