Living the dream
8 x 10
Barbara Muir © 2020
I found this drawing on my iPad which perfectly sums up my day today.
I have been marking all day in my role as teacher of a fast track writing/presentation
course. I don't think close marking is anyone's dream. But what is
inspiring is seeing how quickly people learn.
I once had a boss when I was a teacher (a long time ago) who told
me to stand at the front of the room, and read to the class from the
textbook. In college? Yes. Luckily all of my bosses for teaching,
(except that one), and all of my art directors, and collectors have been,
and are wonderful.
On this long holiday weekend in Canada, and the U.S. thousands of teachers
are doing just what I'm doing -- close marking (editing) writing,
and every other kind of assignment. If they are part time like me,
they don't get paid for marking -- the biggest time investment in
Why do people teach? If they are like me, their main job normally
involves hours of solitary work. Getting out and meeting people
feels good. Watching people transform by gaining vital skills
is over-the-top exciting. If I didn't have to go back to marking,
I'd raise a glass to teachers all over the world, trying so hard
to teach in this new paradigm. As it is it better be decaf coffee.
Stay cheerful teachers. One day you'll get your classrooms
Have a loving your life day.