Every once in a while I have a humbling moment while teaching. This time, I had not only the audience of 26 sophomores but my aspiring student teacher as well. However, like a phoenix, I rose from the ashes. It was enlightening actually. I’ve been listening to the book on tape entitled You Can Heal Your Life and when I sat down behind my desk in defeat I heard the negative self talk in the back of my head. I knew at that moment that my students probably have to deal with those voices much more often than I do. I could have wallowed in my despair, but decided to salvage my lessons for the remainder of the day. Some great things came from this experience. As I recounted the experience to my other classes they all listened intently and were eager to learn. I was able to really relate the experience to life and how we always have the opportunity to choose what we believe, it is truly the only thing we have real control over. I got my students logged into Khan Academy and did some trouble shooting for students who were unable to log on. All in all, I would say that the day was actually a good one and had learning, just not the original objectives.
It was good to see how far I have come. Years ago, I would not have learned much from the experience and instead would’ve berated myself. I’m proud of what happened in the end and continue to believe that everything happens for a reason, even the occasional crash and burn lesson.