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Are you a teacher?

poll Are you at teacher?
No but I'm planning on being one
No but I used to be one
No I'm one of those that can, not one of those that teach.
  22 Votes - 38 Posts
   Discussion: Are you a teacher?
Gordondon son of Ethelred · 12 years ago
The responses to the "who's the coolest" forum lead me to believe that we have an awful lot of teachers here. So that's what I want to know, how many of us are now, or are planning to be teachers?
Gordondon son of Ethelred · 12 years ago
What do you teach or plan to teach?
Mamalissa! · 12 years ago
I've been teaching Hebrew School. In September, if all goes as planned, I will be a Jewish Family Life Educator.
Gordondon son of Ethelred Back · 12 years ago
As it is "Jewish Family Life" do they train you to answer every question with a question?
Mamalissa! Back · 12 years ago
What, I should give them the answer?
Bender · 12 years ago
I'm an improv instructor, a vocal coach and I privately tutor folks who want to get their GEDs at an advanced age (mostly writing -- anyone who knows me knows that I am nowhere near qualified to help with the math). When I worked for the Apple Store, I was often called upon to teach ProCare sessions. I also help teach the Kemetic Orthodox beginners and I've been told that I sometimes explain theological, philosophical and ritual concepts better than the Imakhiu. I hope to become an Imakhu someday, so that makes me feel all fuzzy inside.

Pretty good for an academic failure, hey?
Gordondon son of Ethelred Back · 12 years ago
Just to make you happy.
[fill in your own flame here]

I hope I wasn't too rough on you.
Bender Back · 12 years ago
[Godwin-invoking counterattack]
J. Andrew World Back · 12 years ago
"I teach people to be spontanious."  No for real?
Bender Back · 12 years ago
Improvising well is a learned skill.  You need to know all the rules and you need to know when to break them.
J. Andrew World Back · 12 years ago
I always thought there were only certain people who can do improve.  That it's an inate ablity and workshops just hone the skills. 

But then again, who am I kidding, I am going to school for art education.  (That's right, this fall, baby!)
Bender Back · 12 years ago
Hardly!  Anyone can learn to improvise.
J. Andrew World Back · 12 years ago
I can but only if I had a script and some direction.
trunger is counting... · 12 years ago
I'm a TA for special ed, which basically means i teach without the pay and without the caseloads...
Gordondon son of Ethelred Back · 12 years ago
Teachers get paid? I knew something was wrong with my job.
Starfox · 12 years ago
I know the question was referring to more academic oriented teaching. But I am also a teacher in martial arts. And I help instruct women in self-defense classes and seminars. So, that's kind of a teaching role, just not a permanent, sometimes-poorly-paid (which is a real travesty in my opinion), teacher of academia.
Gordondon son of Ethelred Back · 12 years ago
Actually non-academic teaching is all part of it.

I once had a student threaten me and warn me that he was a brown belt in karate. Did you ever have a student threaten you by telling you that he had a masters degree in Math?
Starfox Back · 12 years ago
*shakes head*  That is a major pet peeve of mine with people who use their martial arts training as a threat.  So completely against the point.  And usually, the people who do that, aren't very good at whatever they profess to be practicing.

I did have one student brag once about having a PhD, but not to threaten me with it.
Gordondon son of Ethelred Back · 12 years ago
Did I mention that he grabbed me by the throat as he was making the threat?

Part of me so wanted to say, "Brown belt? you couldn't make it to black?"
Starfox Back · 12 years ago
Ooh, us Kenpoists (American Kenpo is what I practice and instruct) love it when people grab us. Makes it much easier to do what we like to call "limb destruction".

Sounds like he had serious impulse control problems.  So you gotta tell me, how did this little bit of drama resolve itself?
Gordondon son of Ethelred Back · 12 years ago
Another prof came into the room and broke it up. I had to promise to not hold it against him when I graded. He wasn't punished at all. I suggested flogging. Needless to say I was not happy about the way it was handled.
Starfox Back · 12 years ago
Ouch...yeah, that's one of those situations that you really hope the whole Karma thing is true.
Bender Back · 12 years ago
Yeah, but Karma implies retribution in a future incarnation.  Karma takes waaaay too long.

Let's get a little ma'at on his ass.
danced with Lazlo · 12 years ago
I am a bat mitzvah tutor, and I intend to be the educator sort of rabbi rather than the "Jewish minister" (so to speak) sort of rabbi.

And I was the assistant in the Children's synagogue choir... I didn't really think of this as a teaching position until Laurie had to leave the room and asked me to teach the kids a melody while she was taking care of something, and one of the kids asks me "Are you a teacher too?" And I'm like "... um... yes. Yes... I am. I am a teacher."
Gordondon son of Ethelred Back · 12 years ago
Doesn't Rabbi literally mean "teacher?"
danced with Lazlo Back · 12 years ago
More like Master... in the sense of, like, Sensei... someone who has reached the level of the field where they are qualified to teach and to be taken seriously... teacher is implied.
Gordondon son of Ethelred Back · 12 years ago
Not Master in the sense of vampire who tried to open the Hellmouth? That would be cooler.
A girl named Becca · 12 years ago
Actually that's a lie. I just wanted it to be a poll option.

I teach high school Spanish (and English, for the past 5 weeks) in rural NC. At the lowest-performing high school in the state, in fact. And I've officially signed on for another year (it will be my third). I haven't quite figured out why yet.
Gordondon son of Ethelred Back · 12 years ago
Perhaps you do it because it is an admirable thing to do. It isn't easy but somebody has to do it.
Guillermo · 12 years ago
I teach English as a foreign language in Argentina (where I'm from) and also some history and civics.
Gordondon son of Ethelred · 12 years ago
Does this poll result explain why Mike has made a career of playing in schools?
J. Andrew World Back · 12 years ago
I think you may have a point.  Yet it doesn't explain Jian.  (Ok, when was Jian last mentioned on a Poll as a joke?  *Sigh*)
Talcott · 12 years ago
Ah, the exciting life of a TA

I teach two levels of Freshman Composition, one which is more writing, the other more reading. In the spring, I'll also get to teach the intro Creative Writing class.
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