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.