I used to fancy myself as a good teacher. I don’t want to sound arrogant – I know how tough it is to master – but I thought that with the right training, coaching and support, I’d have been OK. I like public speaking, I have plenty of passion for my subject (history and politics, I guess) and I find young people fascinating.
But these days I have significant doubts. Despite having spent 13 years writing about education – in which I’ve visited hundreds of schools, watched hundreds of lessons, and delivered a fair few careers talks – I’ve pretty much never actually had a crack at teaching itself.
Now – thanks to Covid-19 – I have. And I’m fairly sure I’m crap at it. I don’t have the patience, insight or empathy. Trying to teach my four year old daughter maths, reading and writing, I get frustrated way too easily and I become grumpy when a lesson isn’t going well.
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