Somewhere over the Rainbow
I am in crisis. I am questioning my ability as a teacher. I am questioning my desire to teach.
At first, I thought it was a funk. However, four weeks in to the year, and I am seriously considering what else an English teacher is qualified to do. So, I took the advice of someone important to me and tried to rediscover why I teach. Therefore, I sent the following message to nearly a dozen former students:
So, this feels weird sending, but here's the background. I'm having a hard time deciding if teaching is still for me. A colleague told me to think back to the many students I have enjoyed teaching. Your name came up on my list. I thought you might like to know that.
Sending the message felt good. Certainly I did not send it to all of my memorable students, but in the end, I was reminded of why I teach.