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Date: 2017-08-25

I Almost Quit Teaching on My Third Day. Here’s 10 Things I Wish I’d Known.

Dear Mark,

You called out sick today (Thursday, September 6, 2007). Only your third day of school—ever!—and you lied about having a family emergency in Rhode Island.

I know, you’re scared—not of the kids but of the seriousness and urgency of the task. You’re responsible for their seventh-grade education. Seventy kids. Reading and writing and history and health. That’s a lot of pressure considering how little you truly know about teaching.

YOU’RE STILL TEACHING 10 YEARS LATER IN 2017.Well, I can tell you this, Mark—you go to school on Friday, September 7, 2007, and you’re still teaching 10 years later in 2017. Over 1,000 kids and counting.

Why do you show up on that Friday?

Truth is, I’m not exactly sure. I’d like to say it was grit or hope or some Tony Robbins-type passion but I think it was probably that you didn’t want to be seen as a quitter.

Let me give you some advice. Ten pieces for the 10 years you’ve been teaching. It can’t hurt, right? If anything, it will only help you get better.

Read the full post at Education Post.