Teaching is a Teacher

Over my many years in the classroom, I developed patience. I saw over and over how things could evolve if I just left them alone, how an intractable student could mellow out (yeah, I’m in that generation) all on his/her own. I realized there’s just no way to force an outcome. This all happened without my even noticing it, believing I was, as my mom always said, “So impatient, Martha Ann! Learn a little patience!” Then one day one of my students said, “I don’t see how you Β can be so patient, Professor, I’d be, I don’t know. Apeshit. Sorry.”

“Ah, well, you guys have a hard job here. You’re doing things you never did before. You’re afraid you won’t succeed. There’s a lot of stuff you’re going through right now that I’m not. You just have to do it, and I have to help you.”

At that moment I realized that I’d become patient. When and how, I have no idea, but I’m glad.



26 thoughts on “Teaching is a Teacher

  1. It is interesting how the patience develops, isn’t it? I’ve found for myself that I am much better at being patient with others in my professional mode, while my patience with systems is limited and with the piddly shit in life is highly variable.

  2. Some people have patience in spades. Some don’t. I’ve always had patience. Of late I find I have to fight to be patient. Probably the pain cause I have far less patience when I’m hurting than normally. Comes and goes more than I’d like, that’s for sure.

  3. I remember someone asking me how I put up with all the slow, detailed work my job required … and that was when I also realize I had learned patience.

    But I don’t have patience with everything. I’m patient with details and complicated explanations. And with people, usually. Not so much with everything and if I’m not feeling well, I’m anything BUT patient!

    I was good with my students, for the brief 2 years I had them.

  4. Time does funny things when we age. Somehow the days seem much longer, but they pass much more quickly. To me, patience is a balance of these two — because the days pass faster, there is much more patience with the slower passage of time!

    • I don’t know how old your son is, but I do know that the pressure on public school teachers from every direction these days is enough to wear them to the bone. Things changed toward the end of my career, too. A lot more BS from administration made it difficult for me to keep my focus where it was supposed to be — definitely tried my patience. πŸ™‚

  5. So VERY true. I’ve always been an impatient person, but children and dogs have taught me patience. It’s one of their greatest gifts to me. I only regret it didn’t have to come the hard way. Better late than never.

    • Dogs are good teachers of patience and so many other things like forgiveness, ferocity, faith, joy… I wouldn’t be who I am not without all the dogs who’ve come along to teach me. ❀

  6. I’ve realized that over the years, I’ve also really learned to be patient with myself.

    It doesn’t have to be perfect. It will get done… or it won’t and that’s ok.

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