Sunday, July 08, 2007

Why teach? Why this calling?

With the lag of progress on my search, I've thought a bit about this call. Is it truly a call, or is it something I invented? Am I doing this for those I'd serve, or am I doing this for me?

It is real.

I am doing this as service, not for myself.

Over at The Daily Grind (h/t to Dana Huff at huffenglish... and how I didn't catch it myself as I have The Daily Grind on my reader), Mr. McNamar proposes the Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teachers, with apologies to Dr. Steven Covey.
  1. Desire

  2. Be Yourself

  3. Prepare

  4. Don't Move on until the Concept is Understood

  5. It's about the students

  6. Go with what works

  7. Don't Give Up
These speak to me; they speak to me louder than most of what I have read the last several weeks.

Okay, that's not saying much, perhaps, but they have spoken to me. Habits 1, 2, 5, and 7 resonate with me in my current situation.

My call is sure. My skills are honed. My passion is aflame.

I am ready to serve.

4 comments:

Mr. B-G said...

Aflame eh? What are your secrets for avoiding incineration?

Peter A. Stinson said...

One of those fire retardant suits the fire fighters at airports wear. You've seen them, I'm sure: silver & bulky. I find I have to get into it first thing in the morning, or else I start to get singed. That's why I'm bald, you know; my hair was singed off, and I decided it was best to just shave it all off.

Mr. B-G said...

Clearly you've done your homework, as your preparation is impeccable. You are obviously well prepared.

CaliforniaTeacherGuy said...

Your readiness will stand you in good stead. The call will come: "We want you." Until then, patience. (You didn't want to hear that, did you?)