What teaching is: Reflections of new teachers, part 1

This little microblog is a part one of a series of four posts which are a reflection of our Mount Holyoke College and Hampshire College practicum students. These young teachers wrote these awesome nuggets as they celebrated their graduation and approached their first classrooms…this fall! We asked them to look at their impressions of teaching and frame them as metaphors. Today’s metaphor and responses are below (they tugged at my heart and they made me chuckle). To these brand new teachers, this is what teaching is.

If teaching were a color,

  • It would be yellow because it’s happy, but sometimes hard to look at directly.
  • It would be a rainbow because it has a little bit of everything.  You have the colors that make you happy and those that make you sad.  When you put them all together you get something beautiful that you remember for the rest of your life.
  • It would be orange because it brightens my every day.
  • It would be a rainbow because anything and everything can happen in a day.
  • It would be a rainbow, which means tomorrow is a new day.
  • It would be glittery because once you start, it’s all over you and you can never get it off! But that’s okay because it brightens your day.

Stay tuned for tomorrow…if teaching were a food, what would it be?

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