The Joy of Teaching

When I realized that unless I wanted to get into administration, I had nowhere up to go and only out, I decided that teaching pre-service teachers or teacher candidates was the way to do something mo’o worthy. It took 3 years to get my Ed.D. and 1 year to find the job, but now that I am in it, I feel like this is definitely the mo’olelo that I want to tell.

I just spent the day observing two of my beginning students at two different schools. I was trying to get to three of them but their lessons would have overlapped and their schools are all about 10 or more miles apart. Still, these three women showed so much promise and the kids really adored them. One student at Makakilo Elementary in pre-K did a color lesson with the Mixed Up Chameleon and celery sticks as paint brushes. The other student in a 5th grade class at Pearlridge Elementary did a lesson on finding volume with volumetric cubes and bases.

I am a realist. At the end of class when one of my students was sharing a negative experience that they were dealing with in their school, I said teaching will break your heart. Teach anyway.

These teacher candidates today taught like this was the most important job. And it is. And I am so proud of them.

Here are some pictures from the student that I could not get to. She is doing a lesson on understanding an author’s point of view and students choose props that represent important details/ideas and put it on a story apron that she is wearing. This was a third grade classroom at August Ahrens Elementary. According to my department, all the teacher candidates really had to do was read a book. I just knew that they could do so much more, and they did.

My heart is full now.

Juli with her apronthe apron

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One thought on “The Joy of Teaching

  1. “teaching will break your heart. Teach anyway.” I must agree that teaching breaks one’s heart. I can write a book about it. Everyone tells me I should. I find that working with prospective teacher candidates is a unique way to look back on your teaching practice to regain some of the idealism one loses sometimes. I taught with passion and fire but on some days I felt the fire leaving me. But good teaching is also about being willing to watch yourself from the outside and seeing what the students are doing, watching their faces closely and listening carefully to their ideas. Thanks for the post. You have inspired me to go back and do some adjunct teaching.

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