Teaching is hard. There are moments when you just want to curl up in a corner and cry. However, I would never do anything else! It is the best job in the world. I am in my 4th year of teaching, and it has not gotten easier. Everyday, I have 90 minutes to help young scientists become the best versions of themselves every other day. Which is a lot of pressure. But, the young scientists that I see are worth every minute of my hard work.
Things I have learned from my scientists this year:
- Teacher's can talk too much and it is better to let the student's do the talking
- It is better to let the student's teach each other, than for me to teach them
- That sometimes I may need to slow down and talk slower in class
- If I am excited, then the scientist's will be excited
- Being goofy and myself in front of you is good!
- It is not always easy to be brave, have integrity and be kind. But many of you do it everyday! And sometimes, I do not give you enough credit for that.
- Just because you are talking in class, does not mean you are off topic.