Maybe this fits in with midterm entertainment week…not sure. I took PhiloDave’s advice and watched “Teach” with Tony Danza. I watched the first episode last week and just finished watching the second episode called “Tested”.
I’m not at all into reality TV. I don’t watch much TV at all actually, but this was …um…interesting and I hate to admit it, but it was kind of entertaining. It was also really painful, & mortifying! I think I have a gaper’s problem with this show. It’s like a train wreck; awful and gruesome, but you just have to look.
Danza is making all the mistakes that, if I’m being honest with myself, I have made (and continue to make) in my own teaching. He’s trying so hard that it’s endearing, but also kind of ..painful – that’s the word that keeps coming to mind! It is a rare glimpse into the process of a becoming a teacher and even though it’s TV, which means there is some showmanship to the whole thing, I think the essence of what it is like to be a teacher and to struggle with how best to help learners in front of you – that’s pretty real.
Check it out. Maybe it will be entertaining and distracting at a busy time in the semester. Maybe it will be too painful to watch. Maybe it can be an example of how we all struggle with this stuff whether we are experienced teachers or teaching for the first time.
Happy Week Eight everyone!