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The #1...(piece of advice to teachers)

Number One** Not your ordinary endless list - just what's number 1. Just the BEST.


You are replaceable!!!!

Yes, that's it in a nutshell. It is a HARD thing to learn, however simple and comprehensible on the surface.

I've worked and given my best in a lot of jobs. But make no mistake, I learned the hard way - we/I/you/them - all expendable and replaceable.

I'm fortunate to be in a position to be absolutely frank and to the point with teachers. Also, fortunate to be asked for advice at times. The greatest thing a teacher can learn is that despite their greatness, despite all they do, despite how much attachment they form to a class / a school - you can be replaced.

Be it a substitute or be it with a new teacher the next year or be it upon your leaving - you will for the most part, be forgotten. That's the nature of things and your job is to be in the moment. Don't seek immortality or being omnipotent. You will fall hard.

Tough medicine. Chew and swallow. It will make you realize what your place/job is all about.

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Comment by Ellen Pham on June 16, 2010 at 11:43am
Oh David! You really should get over to the party- that's what teachers do for each other at the end of the year... get rowdy (what passes for rowdy at the elementary level) because the kids aren't there!

I learned this as a student teacher, when, on the last day, all the female teachers sat on the floor in the music room and talked about sex! I am not kidding!!

Having been cheered up, we then went home. Maybe as a boy you were not invited?

Love you :D
Comment by csagel on June 17, 2010 at 1:47am
From Thoreau's Walden chapter One.


(It is hard to have a Southern overseer; it is worse to have a Northern one; but worst of all when you are the slave-driver of yourself. Talk of a divinity in man! Look at the teamster on the highway, wending to market by day or night; does any divinity stir within him? His highest duty to fodder and water his horses! What is his destiny to him compared with the shipping interests? Does not he drive for Squire Make-a-stir? How godlike, how immortal, is he? See how he cowers and sneaks, how vaguely all the day he fears, not being immortal nor divine, but the slave and prisoner of his own opinion of himself, a fame won by his own deeds. Public opinion is a weak tyrant compared with our own private opinion. What a man thinks of himself, that it is which determines, or rather indicates, his fate. Self-emancipation even in the West Indian provinces of the fancy and imagination — what Wilberforce (17) is there to bring that about? Think, also, of the ladies of the land weaving toilet cushions (18) against the last day, not to betray too green an interest in their fates! As if you could kill time without injuring eternity.)

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