Many thanks to Doug Robertson and CUE for letting write a little about how running a marathon is a little like teaching.
We all know the moment: you are moving your way along a trail— real or proverbial— and all of a sudden, the thought pops into your head:
“I don’t want to do this anymore. I would like to stop now, please.”
And with that, your body hits what runners know as “The Wall”: your legs get heavy, your shoulders hunch down, your chest feels like it’s weighed down with a bag of lead. Your entire being is telling you to give up, to stop whatever you’re doing, and surrender to failure.
Teaching has Walls too. I hit one in my first year of teaching- in October of 2012. The Wall was called DEVOLSON, otherwise known as “The Disillusionment Stage.” To be fair, I didn’t set myself up for success: instead of starting the year off with a plan, I assumed I’d be able to coast by on charisma and good execution.
Boy, was I wrong.
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