Tuesday, February 03, 2009

"Snowy Fields", oil on panel, by Stephen P. Goodman

Teaching Journal

Day 87, Tuesday, February 3, 2009


     By some mysterious miracle, today was one of the best days of teaching I can recall. I use the phrase “mysterious miracle” deliberately, because the reasons for this success remain veiled and inexplicable. I honestly have no idea why this happened today – why almost everything I did seemed right, why so much wisdom flourished in my classroom, why each class seemed abundant with blessings. True, I planned a decent lesson and I worked hard during each class, but I try to do that every day, and yet many days in the classroom are small disasters for me. Why was today different? Why did I end each class feeling like I was sailing on the ship called Success? Why did my horizons as a teacher seem to be boundless today – like I could keep teaching and learning about teaching forever?  

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