I've lived on three continents. There are few things that don't interest me. If anything, my interests are so broad that I have a hard time staying engaged with a single topic.
Doing hard things, getting outside my comfort zone, trying something new, solving puzzles, teaching kids that other people have given up on.
Everything is connected and we disservice ourselves, our students and society the more we compartmentalize education. Educators are increasingly super-specialized and thus unable to teach in an integrated way. This results in dry, irrelevant classes that pretend to exist in a vacuum. The ideal teacher should be first very diverse, second highly proficient in his or her subject matter and third dedicated to the engagement, enthusiasm and future success of their students. The poorest excuse for teachers are those who are apathetic, complacent, unenthusiastic, incompetent and more concerned with securing their positions than ensuring that their students learn and grow.
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