I have to confess that I am not the best writer. I try to write about what my imagination creates. I make mistakes and grammar errors, but imagine a human being that is perfect in every way? They are always right and never wrong. My belief in this would be boredom. They never learn new things.
I am a Substitute Teacher, and I make tons of mistakes when trying to follow a lesson plan. Whenever I do attendance, I always mispronounce the children’s names. Whenever I try to sound out a word, it comes out funny. Whenever I teach math or science, I explain it in a way that doesn’t make sense, so I lose the children in the clouds. I know that mistakes are a part of life, and we learn from them. I am not afraid to be erroneous. But, it can be humiliating when you are teaching a class of teenagers, though.
When I was in school, I thought teachers knew EVERYTHING in the world. However, as an educator, we are human too, and sometimes we have to research a question to answer it. So, what I realize when teaching goes Murphy’s way. Don’t freeze. Take the punches and move on. I have accepted the fact that I am going to be wrong A LOT, but next time I would probably do something different or change it. I took on a role to educate children, and it is okay when they get an answer incorrect. I remember when I was a kid, I was nervous about raising my hand to answer a question because I was afraid to look like a fool in front of the class. However, that still goes on, and I let the students know that its okay to be wrong; it only makes you smarter and stronger. I like to tell them that teachers also make mistakes and it’s all right. It’s nothing to be ashamed of.
© Daniel Sanchez 2020