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Things You Can Only Learn by Doing

Have you ever heard the saying “Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach”? Obviously this has always annoyed me a bit because I always wanted to be a teacher.

Now, it makes me laugh.


Yes, you’re totally right. I can’t do anything. This is why I spend 10-15 hours a day, 5 days a week, working – and maybe even another 5 or so on the weekend. I am clearly unable to do anything.

You see, when I student taught, I knew that it was time-consuming and difficult. But it’s completely different now. Now, I’m living this exhaustion and struggles (and successes – but those aren’t every couple of minutes like some people might think) every day.

Everyone told me that the first year would be difficult and I would be exhausted and it wouldn’t always seem like what you expected. And I was under no misconceptions – I believed them 100%. But it’s different to hear it versus to live it.

The title of this post is “Things You Can Only Learn by Doing.” No, that does not refer to learning how to teach. There are some things you have to know about education beforehand. Instead, it refers to understanding that it’s one thing to believe and accept what someone tells you, but it’s something else entirely to live it.

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  • Reply Sara Elizabeth

    I've never understood that quote and can certainly get why it'd be frustrating to see as a teacher yourself. I hope your first year is going well!

    August 20, 2013 at 8:02 pm
  • Reply Heather

    It's totally acceptable to take naps every day after school if needed 🙂

    August 20, 2013 at 9:32 pm
  • Reply Jackie

    I think that quote is soooo far off track! Sometimes I think teaching takes a whole other set of talents in addition to being able to "DO" what you are teaching.

    August 21, 2013 at 11:35 am
  • Reply Jennifer

    Such a silly quote. I'm still in my assistant teaching period, and can only imagine the stress full-time teachers are under. Hope your first year is going well!

    August 21, 2013 at 8:09 pm
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