Top-five Things I Love About Being a Teacher that Have Nothing To Do with Instructing:
- The process of getting coffee on campus: having to wash my mug in the bathroom, going to get the coffee in a colleague’s room, then having to go get milk from the workroom fridge becomes less about obtaining the beverage and more about all of the detours on the way.
- Summers off.
- The excuse to buy school supplies every year, only being able to get more sophisticated ones like fountain pens, ink bottles and paperclips. Don’t think I don’t still grab that 24-cent box of crayons and a bottle of Elmer’s glue, though.
- Dressing up on Wednesdays–I’m a sucker for ceremony, and here we have pomp and circumstance and ceremony weekly.
- Birthday celebrations. I always felt bad in school for kids who did not get to celebrate their birthday with the class because it fell over a school holiday. Mine is right at the time of the term when we need a celebration, and I get to celebrate birthday week in 5 classes!
Top-five Historical Figures with whom I’d Really Like to Have a Drink: (in no order, and subject to change)