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For The Love Of ED: A Few Thoughts on Teaching

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To be a teacher, you gotta love what you do. You can't just get by on caffeine and girl scout cookies (don't ask).

You really, absolutely, unconditionally have to love it, because, MAN it's a hard gig!

It's a Hercules meets Sisyphus effort. When your students are climbing Mt. Knowledge, you're scaling Mt. Grading Stuff, and just when you think you've summited, the mountain gets higher still.

And then, there are many treacherous passes, steep inclines, and trying obstacles all along the way.

But, on those lucid days, when you come up to a clearing, it all suddenly makes sense and things come into focus, and what could have been suddenly is, and you realize that with every word you speak, and each step you take, you change the world...

WOW.

You see: teaching, learning, and perhaps life itself are about more about the journey than the destination. If you focus on the process of learning first, the outcomes will take care of themselves.

So, FOR THE LOVE OF ED! Focus on teaching to teach, learning to learn, and living to live. It's that simple :-)

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Oskar is a teacher and and an author of "Crush School: Every Student's Guide To Killing It In The Classroom." Oskar specializes in brain based teaching and learning strategies to help students become better learners. The book can be used by Teachers to help students learn more effectively, and Parents to help their children become more aware of how they learn.


Oskar has a BS in Earth and Environmental Sciences and an MA in Teaching. He teaches high school Chemistry and Principles of Engineering. His professional interests are brain based learning, flexible seating in middle and high school (#StarbucksMyRoom founder), social-emotional learning, social justice, and using technology to enhance learning.


He is also a fan of the Jedi order (and uses DA FORCE frequently), ninjas, and the superhero in all of us. He is on a Quest to Change the World, because he can. We all can.


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