I think I say this most posts, but it’s late and I’m tired so I’ll try and keep this entry short… 🙂
Today marks the end of the second week of classes–and a good start so far. I think what most comes to mind is the enthusiasm and hopefulness that I see from my students. Many are recent high school graduates from either last summer or only a few years removed. One or two are actually much further removed being older than I am. But the enthusiasm and energy is there all the same. And I have to confess that it’s catching.
I realize that some of this excitement stems from the desire for the product of college and not necessarily for the often-arduous journey that must precede the robed walk across the stage. Homework and hours spent study can dull the shine first seen in the beginning of the semester as each student realizes it will take a lot of work and personal sacrifice of time (and some sanity) to finally reach that stage. However, I that along the way… I’m able to help keep that excitement for a better education burning in them. I’d like to think I might be able to put together that one activity or set of lessons that really causes a break through, if not for all of my students, at least a few in each class.
Their enthusiasm for what they could become really drives me enthusiasm to help find new ways to get them there. I know for myself… I had a number of good teachers who did that for me–some in English, some not. So if anyone reading this is a student, then let me impart upon you one thing: if you want a better teacher, be a better student. And the same for my fellow teachers out there–if you want better students, be a better teacher. Who knows where mutual enthusiasm can lead us?