Friday Two Cents: I Am A Teacher


 

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                  Jaques:

                     All the world’s a stage,

                    And all the men and women merely players;

                    They have their exits and their entrances,

                   And one man in his time plays many parts,

                              As You Like It Act 2, scene 7

 

This past week I went to Stratford Ontario where I was able to enjoy a great performance of Shakespeare’s As You Like It. I have read this play and seen it several times and the scene where Jaques recites these famous words ‘All the world’s a stage’ and the rest, have always filled my thoughts with wondrous possibilities.

We are the stars of our own performance/life but the line ‘one man in his time plays many parts’ has always interested me. In the performance Jaques mentions the seven ages of man and within each age we are playing our part. Be it baby, lover, soldier, old man we have our parts to play. Yet I take this in a different light.
If I have to think of the parts I play I come up with others such as son, brother, uncle, friend, lover, warrior, teacher, student, helper, etc. I find that I play many parts to many people in my life. I find this very interesting as I am myself but it is as if I have a community of people within me and depending on the situation, that personality appears to meet the need. It is not a case of multiple personalities. The person everyone is dealing with is still I; it’s just me putting on a different hat. With the students I put on my teacher hat, and then with my teacher colleagues I put on my teacher/colleague hat, along with my friend hat, etc. As the idiom suggests “I wear many hats.”

I have always found this idea interesting especially after someone told me what I do as a teacher. I have been told I wear the hats of a coach, artist, writer, technician, mathematician, producer, director, prop manager, scientist, engineer, banker, caregiver, administrator, nurse, inventor, sergeant major (disciplinarian), encyclopaedia and maid, just to name a few. This is just when I am at school. I have been called a man of all trades, but I always thought that this was a bad thing because you know a lot of things yet you’re a master of none. I guess knowing all these jobs does make me a master of one thing though. I am a teacher … and I’m proud of it.

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