Teaching ability: Natural or Acquired?

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  1. TeacherGroupie

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    Raising a glass of Porter to you.
     
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    Why do you always start getting funniest when it's my bedtime? 'tisn't fair. (pouting)
     
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    Here's lookin' at Shrew?
     
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    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.
     
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    (singing, again off-key)
    It had to be Shrew... Just had to be Shrew...
     
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    Yup, spitting into the wind ...
     
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    very softly
    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...
     
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    Spluttering, more like, as usual.
     
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    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?
     
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    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
     
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    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.
     
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    25YearsIn, these two posts of yours make a space that resonates like a bell. Thank you.
     
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    Okay, what have you all been drinking in here?
     
  14. TeacherGroupie

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    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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