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Saturday, February 5, 2011

Have you ever had a wedgie?

This week's topic is Teacher Application Letters. You can go on-line and find any number of generic templates that, oddly enough, claim to have the application to make you STAND OUT. Well, if thousands of people are using the same out-standing templates, how likely is it they will stand out at all? I am asking for your unique letters of application, letters that you believe truly set you apart from the other applicants, your competitors, if you will. These letters may not have gotten you the job, but you were proud of them.  They presented and represented what YOU stood for, not what THEY wanted.
Here's my application letter ushering me into teaching:

  Ever had a wedgie?  Most everyone has.  You can live with it but you’d rather not.  To correct it in public risks embarrassment.  To let it ride means continued discomfort.  No one knows for sure you have one, but they may suspect.  Perhaps your gait is somehow different, or you fidget, or your focus is a bit off.  But you know.  While you can usually still function quite well, all is not right with  the world . . . until it is fixed.

 Business is my wedgie.  Teaching is the fix.  I consistently performed well—even frequently quite well—but for years I knew all was not right with my world.  My soul, my inner being—call it what you like—was in disharmony with my vocation.  It was drawing me to teaching.  I was chasing the money.  For years, I found myself incorporating teaching into my profession; as a programmer I tutored others in programming; when in PC support I conducted one-on-one and group computer learning sessions; as an independent consultant I presented information to sales groups of up to 150 people.  These were times I felt completely in sync with my gift.  I was providing something of value, something that benefited another in a meaningful way.  However, a much different feeling persistently dogged me when I was working to sell another bottle of pop to an obese society, or convince the consumer that a new brand of biscuit was better than their old.  I don’t intend to minimize business’ important role in our society.  In fact, I merely better understand my role in business.  I am an educator.

 For years I had ignored the obvious.  I was a little afraid to correct the problem in public.  Afraid of what people might think.  Afraid of what it might say.  All of that is irrelevant now.  I now know that for me teaching is what is right with the world.  Teaching uses my gift.  Teaching is my gift.  I ask you for the opportunity to nurture and use it professionally.

Please send your unique application in. Or as another option, please send in your own wedgie story.  Thank you and keep teaching fearlessly.

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