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  • Annmarie Throckmorton, M.A.

I Was An Educator

I taught for a good portion of my life, and I enjoyed it tremendously. Whether I was teaching sociology to a nearly full auditorium with a capacity for 500 university students, or teaching English to half a dozen Eritrean immigrant ladies with their children in their laps, I gave my all to make it worthwhile for my students. And after a good lecture I sometimes suffered speaker's high, that euphoric state where one knows knowledge has been successfully transmitted, valued, and enjoyed.

What I did not like was grading students. So much of academic success is the student's innate ability boosted by good parental placement in the world. Unfortunate or untalented students sometimes cry when they receive the bad grade their bad work merits. I wish that all of my students could have climbed that harsh bell curve to the best grades.

Caption: Teaching Certifications — Just For The Record

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