Aspire to be a great teacher … not a perfect one.

As punishment from the gods, Sisyphus in the Greek tale was condemned to roll a boulder to the top of a mountain. Once he reached the top, the boulder would roll back down again. For eternity, Sisyphus would roll that boulder to the top, only for it to roll down again and again and again.

Is it possible for us – as teachers – to avoid having a life like Sisyphus? Could we balance the rock on the mountain-top?

Even though a truly excellent teacher can set the rock in place for hours at a time, it will not – and should not – stay put. When it does eventually come thundering down, we ascend the mountain the next time a little bit wiser than we did before. And that is the fun of the job.

Perfection is impossible, but doing a great job is not.


Reference: Becoming an excellent teacher: can we rewrite the myth of Sisyphus?.

Few Stops for Reflection

It is important to evaluate ourselves, but should we stop at knowing the problem and give up like Sisyphus in the Greek tale? Should we feel at the end of the day that are jobs as teachers became futile and live with that?

Because we are the masters of our own fate, the soft way of peer-reflection tremendously effective in boosting our professional development.

Awareness is the Key …. Become aware of your problems, the importance of finding solutions to these problems and where to find them, reflect on your findings, and adjust them to your own environment.

There is no shame in teaching a bad lesson; it is how it informs future lessons that matters. It is more important not to plateau, but to overcome our difficulties and turn the corner.



Reference:  Becoming an excellent teacher: can we rewrite the myth of Sisyphus?.