Discussion in 'Debate & Marathon Threads Archive' started by Bored of Ed, May 31, 2007.
Jun 9, 2007
Raising a glass of Porter to you.
Why do you always start getting funniest when it's my bedtime? 'tisn't fair. (pouting)
Here's lookin' at Shrew?
Speaking of bed time, mine too, after cleaning up a latte porter all over the keyboard. I should know better than to drink when TG's jiving. 'Night, all.
(singing, again off-key)
It had to be Shrew... Just had to be Shrew...
Yup, spitting into the wind ...
The Porter's over.
It's time to call it a day
They locked your jive and your jokes
And in-the-rib pokes up tight...
Spluttering, more like, as usual.
Jun 27, 2007
Is teaching a mismatch for the highly introverted?
25YearsIn...I'm curious...without the philosophy of "what I did made me who I am today therefore I don't regret it"...if you had it to do over again, would you choose a career that was more aligned with your temperament? Would you choose something less draining? I have pondered this myself. I used to teach at the college level and am now getting my credential for elementary school teaching. My Meyers-Briggs personality profile sounds similar to yours and I know well the intense interest (and struggles) in interacting but then the burnout... If you could choose all over again, what profession would you choose?
Jun 28, 2007
Teachwlove, that is an interesting--and unanswerable--question. In my garden I've often wondered how a tree might have done had I given it another site. To say I don't have regrets would be silly. Of course I have them.
I persisted in teaching for nineteen years because that career fit more than it didn't fit. Over time, that balance shifted, as, I am guessing, some balance shifted in you. Or perhaps the fit for you with college teaching was always not-so-good?
I found the clearest image I've ever read--the best fit for how I see my life and the choices that have shaped it--in the last stanzas of "From a Survivor" by Adrienne Rich:
Next year it would have been 20 years
and you are wastefully dead
who might have made the leap
we talked, too late, of making
which I live now
not as a leap
but a succession of brief, amazing movements
each one making possible the next
As to your question Is teaching a mismatch for the highly introverted? I'd ask Is life?
And I'd answer that so far it's been well worth the struggle.
25YearsIn, these two posts of yours make a space that resonates like a bell. Thank you.
Okay, what have you all been drinking in here?
The Porter was several weeks ago, as you'll note from the dates on the posts, and was (as usual) largely my fault.
Tonight's a very different sort of decoction - a forthright Oolong, perhaps; and leave it (as usual) to 25YearsIn to make sense in several senses.
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