Sorry for the (extreme) delay in posting anything here. I haven’t given this blog much thought this semester since I have entered the “real” world of the teacher. But I have spent all this time thinking about how my experience of teaching could lead to some really excellent and in depth posts. So here it goes. Here is my deep insight into professional education:
Teaching is hard. Period.
While I have enjoyed building relationships with students and getting a chance to attempt a subtle integration of theology and mathematics, the last few months have really left me more frustrated than satisfied and with more questions than answers.
So I thought I would use this space to throw out some questions. They aren’t easy questions so I don’t expect them to have easy answers. But if there are any experienced educators out there, I would love to hear your thoughts on the following:
1. How do you get kids excited about a subject that they generally dislike and you genuinely adore when the school mandated curriculum bores you to the point that your own interest in the subject is strained?
2. How do you instill an attitude in students that desires success when the prevailing atmosphere (school wide) is one of deep apathy toward education? (To give you an idea of where I’m coming from: Whenever I pass out an exam without fail the first question I get, before the the students have even looked at the test, is ‘When can we do test corrections?’)
3. While I see my job as a ministry (or at least that’s what I have to remind myself on those difficult days), I still wonder how do you balance the time and effort you put into teaching with the time and effort that God requires of you in your marriage, in other relationships, and in local church involvement?