Good teaching is its own reward

Two teachers whose lessons I observed today coincidentally shared this feeling with me: they spent more than 10 hours preparing a lesson, from starting with nothing in mind, to conceiving a rough lesson design, to gradually forming a more elaborate mental lesson procedure, to writing the lesson plan, to composing the language content for the lesson, to creating the teaching resources, and finally to rehearsing the lesson procedures. This was a laborious and sometimes painful process. Yet, when they have taught the lesson and implemented their more than 10 hours of brain-racking preparation, they feel a strong sense of satisfaction and accomplishment, and even come to love teaching English more than before.

Good teaching is its own reward.

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