Lessons From the Classroom

By Hardeep Sahota, SacMidtown.com

As a teacher, I am asked a lot of questions. The one question I get often, though, doesn’t come from students. It comes from everyone else.

What made you get into teaching?

My answer remains the same, but the real answer is finally showing itself to me.

I became a teacher, not because I had family or friends who were teachers. I did it for the summer break. I did it for Christmas break. For Spring break. For Thanksgiving break. I did it for all the wrong reasons.

However, sometimes the wrong reasons lead you to the right ones. Having taught for almost four years now, it only took me a couple of weeks to realize why I was guided toward teaching.

It wasn’t for the breaks.

It was to inspire kids, to teach them something new every day, to teach them life lessons and how to behave. To watch them smile. To watch them play and laugh at the little things. To see their faces light up when they see their hard work produce success.

It wasn’t about the breaks at all.

I was guided into teaching so I don’t lose the kid in me, like so many other people have. I became a teacher to learn lessons just as much as I give lessons.

A good way to never lose the kid in yourself is by following the late Professor Randy Pausch’s advice. Pausch, famous for his book “The Last Lecture,” urges adults to carry a color crayon with them. Take a smell of the crayon and it’ll lead you back to the kid in you.

By the end of the school year, I tell all of my students that I would give up my summer break if I could continue teaching them. The remarkable response comes from them – they’d give it up, as well! That’s the connection I look for every single day and that’s why I am in this profession.

In the weeks to come, I will post stories from the classroom and lessons I’ve learned. Please feel free to share your own stories.

About Jimmy Spencer

Jimmy Spencer has extensive experience in journalism and new media. As the founding editor of SacMidtown.com, Spencer combines his writing, reporting and editing skills to produce a "pretty good site about midtown." During the day, Spencer covers government and also covers the NBA. At night, he watches T.V. and plays on the Internet. Every now and then, he walks around his midtown neighborhood. Spencer began his professional journalism career with The Sacramento Bee, finishing his tenure with the McClatchy-owned newspaper in the new media department. Spencer moved to Connecticut where he continued his growth in new media as a writer/content producer for NBC Sports. Spencer also worked in media relations with the Sacramento River Cats, Minor League Baseball Triple-A affiliate of the Oakland A’s. Spencer graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from California State University, Sacramento where he served as Editor-in-Chief of The State Hornet campus newspaper. Spencer was raised in Marin County and currently lives in Sacramento, Calif. Spencer works in the community as a high school basketball coach in the Sacramento area.


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