Teaching Stamina for World Class Performances

schoolJust for kicks, if you break down teaching performances over a 35-year education career, where a teacher has just 5 classes a day for an 180-day school year, it would amount to about 31,500 teaching performances. And we all know that it’s far more. There are all those encore performances for parents, as well. Open house is always an evening gig that requires athletic stamina—especially after teaching all day. Can you image all the different scenes in each lesson that require ad-libbing! Those, if I’m not mistaken, may be called teachable moments. They usually get rave reviews over home conversations at the dinner table.

And not many stage actors would allow others to just walk in, and park themselves on stage during a performance. In addition, there’s usually a constant walk through of adults, breaking into the classroom scenes daily—observing, aiding students, and announcing things that could wait, but always need announcing—now. Furthermore, if you think cell phones during performances are a disturbance, let’s try dismissing members of the audience for bathroom breaks, controlling Sally’s temper when Johnny takes her paper or pencil—or remembering lines when an outburst of “This is boring, why do we have to learn it?” is blurted out, at a most inconvenient time. Just imagine how Katherine Hepburn would have handled that!

Shouldn’t teachers be featured in a Charlie Rose interview? How about an Oprah sit down with some great teaching performers, or a reality show that portrays great teaching performances. Wouldn’t you rather hear more from the multitude of great teaching performers than another gator wrestling enthusiast bringing far too much reality into our living rooms? Stage and screen star status for teachers is quite fitting.

Ken Royal

Ken Royal is an educator with 34 years of classroom/school and instructional technology teaching experience, as well as a blogger on all things education and education technology. Teaching accomplishments include: 4-time district teacher of the year, Connecticut Middle School Teacher of the Year, as well as Bill and Melinda Gates award for Technology School of Excellence. He is an Education storyteller. Follow @KenRoyal on Twitter.
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