Tense for a Reason

July 29, 2007

With A Little Help from My Friends (Post #35)

Filed under: English Teacher Stuff, Me Me Me — Tense @ 1:00 am

I am once again relying upon the kindness of my blog friends to help me get through the next 7 hours.  Here is a question that came from Chatty: “Why did you become a teacher and one of English?”

I can’t remember a time in my life when I ever wanted to be anything other than a teacher, and I knew that I wanted to teach English by age 9.  In fact, I told everyone so.  I think it was the only profession I could think of in which a person gets paid to be bossy, and I’m damn good at being bossy, always have been.  I’ve also always had a rather large vocabulary (I read a lot), and I learned early how to draw on it in order to say what I want to say.  With the right words, I believe I can talk to ANYONE.  Furthermore, I’m a pretty good listener, and I’ve learned that this is a valuable quality in the classroom; but sometimes, listening is not enough, you have to be able to observe your students, and if they can’t get the words out to ask the question for which they want an answer, good observation skills can help you figure out what they’re trying to say.  All of these are qualities which I’ve learned and tried to perfect over my 33 years, and I believe they’ve all led me to my chosen profession.



  1. Well…you ARE bossy.

    Comment by Mr. Fabulous — July 29, 2007 @ 1:14 am

  2. Fab – I know… Now shut the hell up. 😉

    Comment by Tense — July 29, 2007 @ 1:25 am

  3. Me too!! Ever since I could write I wanted to do it on a chalkboard. Did you play “teacher”…? I always felt good when I made good grades on the spelling quizzes… I think when I was younger that sense of pride made me lean toward English.

    Comment by abby — July 29, 2007 @ 1:48 am

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