Tuesday, 2 February 2010

In need of a little inspiration....

Traveller has been an English and drama teacher for four and a half years and has had many interesting, hilarious and memorable experiences.

She has, at times, loved her job.
And, at other, less favourable times, she has likened it to a visit to the dentist: painful and damaging to the bank account.

Currently, she works with boys. Prep school boys. They are young, boisterous, well-mannered and interested {mostly}. They come from all parts of the globe and are very well-travelled.

They are generally a pleasure to teach.
Nevertheless, Traveller sometimes feels exhausted.
Not just tired, but exhausted of creativity, warmth and compassion.

Traveller imagines that most people feel like this in their chosen profession at some stage.

Any wise words?
Any tales of fabulous, inspiring teachers to motivate Traveller?
And for those teachers out there: any triumphant lesson stories?

photo via weheartit


Elizabeth said...

I teach English and drama to private school girls. My best advice is to love them on their bad days and on your bad days too. It makes the good days even sweeter. (Easier said than done, I know.)

The Gourmet Traveller said...

Good advice, Elizabeth! I'm definitely feeling it more today :)

June said...

Wordsworth - The Solitary Reaper "...And, as I mounted up the hill, The music in my heart I bore, Long after it was heard no more."

Your students will carry the "music" you give them for all their lives. Hang in there. I think we all question our purpose from time to time.

The Gourmet Traveller said...

Thanks, June! Love the quote. I hope I give them some 'music!' :)

Melly Mel said...

I can only imagine... I have no words of advice but bubble bath?

The Gourmet Traveller said...

Bubble bath sounds sooo good! :)


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