OSMOSIS: TEACHER AND CLASS
Spend enough time in a classroom and you can eventually lose yourself in the turf wars between you and your kids, because you become overwhelmed, at times, with strong emotions and conflicting thoughts. But you can’t help it, you are part of your environment, and like a sponge, your mind, imagination, and spirit will soak up all that surrounds you, and you start to feel deluged, and then, at the end, descend in those flooding waters.
There are aftereffects—visual, emotional, cerebral, and psychological—educators experience day-in and day-out which penetrate their inner lives, some they are obviously aware of, and others, totally unaware of. When these events combine internally, they can have lasting, profound effects/affects on neophyte and veteran teachers alike.
In the cartoon, I tried to demonstrate the possible outcome of any teacher’s prolonged osmotic life in the classroom. Osmosis: Teacher and Class describes the powerful cumulative impact of absorption, which can erase many teachers (like the poor head in the thumbnail drawings), causing burnout and dropout.
Teaching, learning, communicating, experiencing, and the classroom environment are complex, intricate, and labyrinthine processes and situations, we, as educators are still trying to understand.