Who Am I?


As we journey down the Teach Like a Champion path, I have LOVED all of our discussions; however, a burning question still lingers inside of me–is who I am in the classroom the real me or is it a really good persona?  Teaching is absolutely EXHAUSTING when you’re good–and we are all good here 🙂  However, everyday we are putting on an elaborate show to motivate, educate, and, sadly, parent our students.  

After observing a teacher last week, I was talking to her about how wonderful it was to see her in action and see the real interaction she has with her students.  She followed with asking, “So, did you see what you expected?  You know me personally, but you have never watched me teach–am I what you thought I would be?”  My answer was yes, and then I used a lot of positives that I saw in her classroom.  She then stated, “Well, I’m glad because I just don’t understand how you separate the two–who you are as person outside of the classroom must carry over into the classroom.”  Gulp…my heart pattered as I silently questioned my own identity.  

Here is my discussion topic for our group:  How much of who you are in the classroom is the REAL you?  If it is the same, please tell me the secret to not losing your mind and keeping that same energy and power in your private life once you get home.  I may teach like a champion, but I currently feel like the bruised loser in the corner of the ring.    



3 thoughts on “Who Am I?

  1. maggierietz

    It’s interesting because I feel that it could go either way. There are some teachers who I think definitely are different in the classroom than they are outside of the classroom, but there is always a carry over. There are others who I think are always exactly the same. I don’t think there is anything wrong with either way. There is a lot about teaching that requires you to be a performer, and we can’t all be on all the time. I think I fall somewhere in between.

    I’m generally much more outgoing at work than I am anywhere else. I usually hate being in large groups of people socially and stay pretty quiet, yet I can stand and talk in front of my students all day long. I actually think I have more patience at school than with my own children (probably because I’ve used up all my patience with the students!). At the same time, I feel like I am pretty much the same person when I do actually interact and have conversations with people socially or at work.


  2. choateka

    Good question! I am very similar in the classroom and in real life. I hear you and Maggie saying you, more or less, come to life in the classroom…I think I’m the opposite. I’m actually more rash, outgoing, and brutally honest in real life. I have to hold myself back in the classroom, and even sometimes at work in general. The type of family and friends I come from are very “heart on your sleeve” people. We are sarcastic, rude, and humorously abusive to one another. There are things I think in my head during a school day that would be very awkward if they were said aloud!

    However, in the classroom I conduct myself in a way that shows professionalism with a small rebellious side. It is one reason why I chose secondary education versus elementary. I know my sense of humor would go virtually unnoticed with younger kids. Older kids understand that joking and messing around is endearing. I can’t wait to think more about this!



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