Teachers must be boredom-tolerant

People who cannot put up with boredom won’t do well at teaching writing.

To be qualified to teach writing, teachers must be willing to go over the same material dozens of times with hundreds of students.

Each time they go over the material, they must adjust their language and examples to each student’s knowledge base.

And they must do it with a smile every single time.

If teachers find a particular type of assignment boring, they should remember their students may not have read 100 essays on the topic the previous term.

If repeating the same concepts the same way drains their enthusiasm, teachers need to look for new ways of teaching those concepts.

If teachers can’t teach because they have run out of things to say, perhaps it’s time for them find alternatives to doing all the talking.

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