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Conor McDowell

There is really nothing to say that you haven't said.  Our class is incredible (although I've been with what seems like 75% of them through college) and teaching is frustrating.  I feel like I have had maybe 1 successful day to every 8 unsuccessful ones, yet occasionally, you can see that students know what is going on and thats incredible, yet I have no idea how I'm doing or even what to expect, geez.


The fact that the amount of work you put in on a given day has no correlation to the success (or lack thereof) of your lesson is truly one of the wildest aspects of teaching.  I know of no other job that is so entirely dependent on other individuals to determine success or lack of success.  Really, how you feel at the end of the day usually has more to do with how the 100 or more other people you interacted with that day felt.  As you said, this can cause surprise on both ends of the spectrum- excitement when students are successful and learning (particularly when it is unexpected) and frustration when your day does not go as well as intended.  I admire your attitude that you have decided to have good year!

Annah Kuriakose

Yep, MTC has some good ones. When people mention that, I keep thinking of how Ben always says the strength of the program is in the participants. If it weren't for some of the people in the program, I don't know how I'd make myself get up every morning.

The other thing your post made me think of was how we each probably thought we were successful and could do anything in college. It always surprises me when I think of how proud I was when I graduated and how humbled I am now that I've been here doing something that I'm not great at yet and haven't seen rewards for yet.

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