Sarah: Good. When I think about my first year, 20 years ago, and I look at today, there are some things that have not changed.
What about the thinking that goes along with the reading? Can you predict ...
My belief that questions are more powerful than answers.
Have you figured out how they connect?
My belief that the first move is always connecting to another human being. But the ways in which I have gone about practicing that are really, really different. I thought the answers to good teaching, I thought the answers to learning, were somehow in the paper.
Speaker 3: Why do you do what you do?
Sarah: Why do you do what you do?
What I understand now is that, it's not what we prove on the paper, but it's the questions that we ask along the way that are really the pathways to learning, and that's what's so crucial.
Here is your homework, okay? Okay, hang on here.
The other thing that's really changed a lot since my first couple of years of teaching, I remember thinking, "I just want them to like me," which is a really natural thing. And I remember one of my mentors told me, my second year of teaching, she said, "You know Sarah, you kind of have it wrong," she said, "you want kids to respect you more than like you. And if they respect you, then that means that they will also like you in time," which was really an important anchor for me, for many years. But even now, now I'm thinking, "How do I get them to love to learn?"
All right, what other questions? Yeah?
Speaker 4: [inaudible 00:01:56]?
Sarah: That's been an evolution, but I think one that's really important, and maybe only happens with experience, I don't know.
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Or maybe it just happens when you've waited long enough for some of those kids to come back and tell you, years later, "That stuff you did worked."
Good morning. Hey, you!
Speaker 5: How's it going?
And I think that that's part of the process. That's part of the gift of having taught for 20 years, is that you can kind of let go of some of that insecurity, and you can trade it for this patience, that in time, these seeds will grow.