It is not yet time to give you an update on what is happening, because I frankly do not know. I’m still in the process of trying to make a very significant life change (again, because that’s how I roll), and it has proven very difficult thus far. So in thinking about what’s to come, I have lots of unknowns and empty spaces and that is profoundly anxiety-producing and not something I could even begin to write about, except on a meta-scale, and of course, that’s why I have a journal.
For purposes of What If and Why Not, however, I thought a reflection on the past couple of years, as I (hopefully) make my slightly awkward exit from the wonderful world of teaching was in order. Without further ado, ladies and gents, a few tidbits I may have already known, but teaching made that much clearer.
1. High school kids don’t realize teachers are people. Neither do lots of college students. I should have learned this lesson as a student, because it was seriously the case for me, and most of the people I grew up with. Until a certain age, depending, of course, on the person and their relationship to certain aspects of society (authority, family, friendship, etc.), certain grown-ups are…let’s say not as human as one’s peers. There is a profound Continue reading