After a relatively long period of navel gazing, procrastinating, idle daydreaming and just plain laziness, I have decided to return to my designated profession as a ‘chalkie’. For those who haven’t heard this label before, it means teacher. And worse still, an English teacher.

One could say that I have been afflicted with the absence makes the heart grow fonder syndrome, but really I have just missed the sense of superiority that teaching brings. Up in front of a group of people hanging off your every word, or in reality, probably falling asleep after deciding that the concept of the present perfect just isn’t worth staying awake for. Sadistic examination preparation course where overloading students with 25 hours of homework each day bring a sense of immense satisfaction.

In all honesty, what I have missed most is being able to wield a red pen, and inflict the maximum humiliation on students’ essays. A truly rewarding feeling in exchange for devoting my Sunday afternoons to their pitiful attempts at using the English language. Yes, I have just missed the power of it all.

Back to reality. The real reason is that I have missed the wonderful interaction with students and the rewards that teaching brings. It is a bit like writing too. The pay is lousy, but the satisfaction gained is immense.

Wish me luck!

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4 thoughts on “A Teaching I Will Go

  • 24/09/2010 at 7:18 pm
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    I think this is wonderful news Derek!
    Teaching is obviously a fire in your heart, and you've got to go where your passion is.

    You are a man of many talents, all of which should be very rewarding to you. Not to mention the pleasure and knowledge you are instilling in your readers and students. You will surely be someday well remembered. You are a strong force and a lucky man.

    I Love this blog! You're quite the humorist!

    BTW Absence makes the heart grow fonder for somebody else. ;)

    GOOD LUCK!

  • 25/09/2010 at 4:37 am
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    Wow! Never knew that you watched South Park! :)

  • 25/09/2010 at 11:03 am
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    Funny how your memory of life past only truly focuses on the good points Derek. When you go back to the classroom, please don't forget your metaphoric body armour. The latest generation of little perishers are far more feral than the ones you taught in the days of yore. Good luck mate :)

  • 26/09/2010 at 4:48 am
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    That's awesome, Derek! I can easily imagine you as a really great teacher.

    I have a great respect for teachers. They deserve much better pay than they get.

    Oh, and BTW, you might enjoy this blog: http://teachbad.com/ It certainly reflects a lot of teacher angst here in the States, anyway. :)

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