Tag: personal

Done Teaching (for Now)

Friday will constitute my last day teaching the combination class for seniors on philosophy in the fall and personal finance this spring. A couple of things I learned while teaching:

  • Teaching a subject is an amazing way (and maybe the best way) to learn something. This was especially true in the philosophy course, which allowed me to explore various topics by working them out vocally with my students.
  • Teaching a subject is also a great way to show you just how much more learning you have to do about something.
  • Teaching in general is really hard. I only had one class I taught at a time, and lesson planning became pretty difficult to keep up with by the middle of the school year. I can’t imagine how public school teachers do this full time. Full-time teachers deserve far more respect than they are given in our culture, and that includes K-12 and higher education.
  • Teaching (along with coaching cross country, which I have done for the past two years) feels like the most meaningful work I have ever done in my professional life. I’m not na├»ve enough to think that I’m making some dramatic change in my students’ lives, but the fact is that you can’t spend a whole year with a group of students without affecting one another.

Unfortunately, I’m unable to continue teaching in the high school next year. There are too many other things going on in my full-time job preventing my pursuit of teaching for now. I’m slated to teach a freshman orientation class next fall, but that’ll be it next semester. Hopefully that will change in my near future.

Blog Issues

If you’ve kept up with my last few posts, you’ll notice that I’ve had a few that have cut off at the end of the post. I’m not sure why this is happening, and because I schedule my posts for later in the day or week, I don’t often catch it.

This is highly annoying to me, as I’m a bit of a grammar control freak. I suspect it has something to do with the addition of Project Gutenberg to the blog UI on WordPress. I can’t say I’m a fan, as its primary purpose is related to “content” (bleh) where the primary purpose of my blog is simply writing — as I hope one can tell by the minimalist design of the theme I chose for the site.

I’ll be keeping a keener eye on my posts from now on.

Maybe That’s Enough

There are some days when I feel like there is nothing to say. Today is one of those days.

I didn’t get much thinking done — I was busy, hands active, mind working — but not thinking. Perhaps life cannot always include reflection on topics I think are important. Sometimes, you just gotta… get through it. Work, build, cook, run, talk, eat, sleep.

And maybe that’s enough. Kierkegaard would probably say so. He argued that a life solely lived in an abstracted, self-reflective mode is no real life at all. In fact, it’s a failure to live.