If I'm going to dedicate my life to the chalk (my metaphor for teaching), then I will need to learn to share their spaces. Kids see the world in such a different way than I do, and it is actually kind of fascinating to watch them interact with eachother. I am learning a lot about social dynamics just by watching behaviour on the bus. I am looking at the bus as an advanced teacher training course. Every day I sit in a sea of teenage tomfoolery and I am left without one the teacher's greatest tools: the "HEY STUDENTS PAY ATTENTION TO ME!" outburst.
Teaching is negative capability, existing in a strange space and not grasping for easy answers, and the bus is the greatest test of that.