I wanted to take a few minutes to rant, complain, comliment and Kvetch a bit. Lets start with the obvious yet often overlooked truth;
Teaching is difficult. It is made even harder when one desires to do it well.
Can I get an "Amen" from the Choir?
The ten weeks of substitute teaching for another instructor at the Dwight D. Eisenhower recreation center has turned into nine months. On the positive side I am contiuing to learn. I hope the students are too. Also during that period of time all 14 students in the club have tested for higher rank and passed. One brown belt candidate failed but subsiquently retested and passed on her second attempt. I feel responsible for the students and genuinely care for them. During my time filling in we have had students face illness, deaths in their families, heart attacks and financial setbacks. Stuff happens. I find that it is still hard to make the time to train as I would like. The times I teach have become days I don't train. My weight is slowly creeping up. My wife and kids would like me around more than I 'am. The area in my training that is what I would consider my "growing edge" is as my teacher has challenged me is "to teach like I was taught". This include demaning more of the students. To get the most out of them he says I have to push them harder than they want to go. My teacher says " it's not about you, it's about the art". He says " You are too worried about being a nice guy. I don't care if people quit". I get to recieve these a$$ chewings both in public forums and private. Why am I doing this again? For the Money? nope. For the respect ? I had a 16 year old tell me last night " I'm not doin' 50 push ups" Sheesh. I wanted to pound his, I mean "my" head on the wall.
Can I get an "Amen"
Why do I contiue to do this? There are quite a few reasons I'm sure, some noble and others nearing pathetic. One step after the other I keep plodding on. It's not pretty. My sincere complements to the teachers out there that do it well. And those that are trying.
p.s. He did the push ups. [IMG]http://www.fightingarts.com/forums/ubb/wink.gif[/IMG]
So did I.
[This message has been edited by oldman (edited 03-22-2005).]