My first year teaching in a NYC public school I sat down with what would now be considered a “student advisor” for my post-observation session. He asked me how I felt the lesson went. I told him I thought it went pretty well.
He replied, snarkily, “You must think very highly of yourself.”
Well actually, yeah, I did. I was 24 and confident as hell, I still am.I knew I had room for improvement, but I also knew my lesson went pretty well.
It’s hard to believe that I have been teaching for 30 years. Actually, it’s been longer than that since a fresh-faced 20-year-old graduated from college,ready to begin a teaching career. Unfortunately, (or fortunately), 1980 was not a good year for teachers in NYC. I couldn’t get a job in a public school for 4 years. Instead, I taught pre-K, Headstart, and kindergartner. READ MORE..