I like to say that I have a Velcro brain, in that stuff tends to stick to it. Being an experienced teacher, I find that I haven’t lost my enthusiasm for teaching, but I can focus more on it now that I have a complete-ish library of teaching materials. I also have a regular venue for airing some of the stranger or frustrating pieces of teaching so it doesn’t stick around to haunt me…
There is a familiarity that comes with teaching when you have been doing it for a while. It is simultaneously very comfortable, and a great deal of fun. I have been teaching for about 6 years now, and I it is still the best and most rewarding work I have found.
Fall quarter brings this out of me especially. It is the start of a new academic year and students are filled with hope and optimism, so I get to encourage their passion for learning. More and more, I find that I have my tools for helping people learn. Keeping my class entertained and engaged keeps them asking questions. I can keep them coming back, and knowing that they have a safe community where they can get support.
I will admit that I watched other teachers struggle with burnout, and I wondered if that was where I was headed. At least for this term, the answer is no… I love teaching too much, and I’m too damn good at it.
Also: even though “Summer break” is fun to have (my classes unexpectedly canceled… welcome to the life of an adjunct!) I have missed teaching, blogging, and Zeus help me, I’ve even missed grading.
It’s good to be back to school. Does anybody know of any Back-To-School tattoo deals?