1st year - This teacher is nearly drowning, doing everything to just stay afloat. Long hours and general incompetence are the rule, although they won't admit to feeling incompetent.
2nd year - This teacher is a better teacher than they were their first year. They are more effective with curriculum and students. The problem is that they feel like they're worse because they have experience so they think things should be going better. About halfway through the year, when the students get locked in for most every teacher, this teacher starts getting a little confidence.
3rd year - This teacher finally has it all figured out. They understand what they are doing in their classroom with what they are teaching and with the students. The drawback is that they think they have it all figured out when teaching is something that is NEVER all figured out. This teacher also can get a little cocky, thinking that their teaching abilities are generally much more advanced than everyone else's. A split begins to happen sometimes this year but usually during the summer between year 3 and 4. Some advance and some don't.
4th year - This is an important year. Some poor teachers never move away from their third year mentality. Those teachers struggle forever. The good type of fourth year teacher understands that they still have a whole lot to learn about teaching. They start to self-evaluate with an honest eye and they recognize that they have weaknesses that should be addressed. The fourth year starts the climb back to professionalism.
5th year - This teacher gets it. Teaching is hard. It is gratifying. It takes a whole lot of work. It takes a painful amount of reflection and the ability to change. It is different every day. This teacher starts to realize that they are now responsible for the learning of a bunch of students every year and all of those kids are different and they have to cater to each of them. This teacher become flexible. This teacher becomes open to change. Unless of course they're stuck in third year.
Stuck-in-third-year - These teachers usually burn out because eventually the students figure out they're full of shit and turn against the teacher. The stuck-in-third-year teacher then blames everything on the kids, prefacing almost every statement with, "Kids today..." or, "I just don't understand how these kids..." These teachers are the chronic complainers that nobody likes except the other chronic complainers. The quality of a school is oftentimes dictated by the amount of these teachers who are employed there. The less there are, the better the school.
Where I Come From, People Listen by Siamak Vossoughi
This is an absolutely gorgeous piece of writing. It reads like an essay, being in first person, but it's a wonderful tale of a man who listens to a woman. That doesn't make it sound that interesting. Well, it is. It is that interesting. I like it when I read something that makes me want to be there. This makes me want to be a part of the scene Vossoughi describes. It's a great story. GREAT story. Go read it. I just don't want to write too much because I want it to be a surprise to you when you read it.
Story: 10 of 10
Great description, great characters, great writing style, great everything.
Teachability: 10 of 10
I'll be using this next week in my class. My kids will absolutely love it.