Teachers, Fire Preventer or Fireman(Firewoman) – Fireperson Sounds Too Much Like an Arsonist

I have previously freely admitted that I am a dinosaur when it comes to modern  educational thought.  I believe that you learn to be a good teacher by doing the job by observing those around you, choosing/having a mentor or role model like Mrs. Gruis (my 5th grade teacher) or  Mrs Askegaard my 6th grade teacher or the tough but fair teachers in my hallway my first year..

The ubiquitous In-service that teachers are now subjected to  often on a weekly basis  is where you may occasionally learn some new techniques but more likely are subjected to a one-sided sales pitch for the latest short-term educational fad.  A pitch often preached to the choir by one of their own. You may learn more about being  a technical teacher in college or in  an in-service but in the classroom is where you learn to be an educator.

I also believe that it probably takes most of us at least 5 to  6 years of classroom experience before we more fully learn our job ( that process is never complete) and at the same time learning  self-discipline and discipline techniques that allow us to start taking the matches away from kids instead of putting out the fires or accidentally starting some new ones of our own making.

Hoping that all you teachers have a  matchless week.


About safrisri

I was a school teacher until retirement. I have taught at all educational levels from pre-school to college. My college degree is general science which I arrived at after 5 years and 5 different majors. A degree as it turns out, almost as valuable and in demand as one in Neo-Bulgarian Mythology. I have been around education for around 40 years and can remember when teaching was a pleasant, happy and creative job and our schools were the same. Now I'm the guy sitting on the porch with an opinion on everything.
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