Thursday, February 05, 2009

"Open Door", oil, by Fred Bell

Teaching Journal
Day 89, Thursday, February 5, 2009

We had a surprise visitor in one of the 8th grade classes this morning, and I, for one, found it invigorating. It's refreshing to have an audience in the room, someone to share the fun of teaching with, someone who gives you the feeling of being on stage, presenting a show, winning over a crowd. I usually don't consider teaching to be much like 'entertaining', but when a guest is with us, my work does seem to take on some of the glamor of a stage production. I feel a tingle of trepidation and a glow of excitement. I'm not sure the students learned any more today than they usually do, but there's was a cheerful tension in the room that added a thrill to my usual duties.  

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