Teaching is adrenaline-charged. I never feel more energized than after a class that has gone well. I have been in the field of education for about eighteen years.
As an English professor, I want my students to make connections. On the one hand, I want them to develop and articulate a clear and coherent understanding of the language. On the other hand, I want them to challenge themselves and use the language without regrets; trial and error, practice, practice, practice.
At the same time, I want my students to develop a sense of language empathy: to make connections with their subjects, to understand that English is not just a language but also a tool in society and their goals. I am one step closer to succeeding if I can help my students put themselves in purpose-oriented tasks.