Today, I am thinking about teaching and what I like about it. Besides imparting knowledge about the subject area and about life, I also love the fact that I am almost on a stage each class period. I get to play with voices, with intonation, with the way I share information.
|Quote on my board.|
I try and put quotes up that relate to what someone is currently going through.
One day I can be reading a story about the KKK and using accents and volume and strategic pauses to get the message across, another day I can act as though I agree with the "bad guys" of WWII and help the students to look at the issues from a different perspective. I can use "the look" to get students' attention refocused and I can joke around with kids between classes as I help them try and solve what they believe to be life-altering issues. I use my humour and a touch of sarcasm to cheer students up when their outside of school lives can get messy and when they feel hurt by in-school drama.
Despite some of the stresses, it really is enjoyable!
I have been told from the kids that I should become an actor because I am so good at changing it up.
Perhaps that is my next calling.