I enjoyed this. When I left the classroom I was pretty determined to keep in mind what it is ‘really like’ when giving advice. Coming back to teaching I find that I had managed that less well than I had hoped for. The biggest difference in being out of the classroom is the blue sky thinking time that can permeate your day. I keep that for commuting nowadays.
When we leave the classroom, or the school, or the job and no longer are in touch with those who our words affect the most.
This is an interesting reflection John. Going back into the classroom is something that I aspire to do one day, but I fear how much muscle memory I may have lost. My saving grace is that my wife is a teacher and she keeps me grounded … Or at least tries.