Today was the third day of school, and for my newspaper staff, that meant being taught how to take photos and use new cameras. But I wasn’t the one to teach them.
I asked a former publications staff member–a rather talented photographer–if he would come in and give a few basics on the camera’s functions, as well as tips for photo composition. He created an excellent Keynote presentation, brought props, and he spoke with an authoritative yet friendly tone.
It was perfect.
As I sat at my desk watching him, and watching my current students, I was once again realized how privileged I am to do what I do. Three years ago, this photographer was a student in my honors English class. He was always agreeable and never a behavior problem, but like many of my juniors, I couldn’t help but worry a little about his tendency to be a little shy. Watching him teach my newspaper staff today, I am so proud of all he’s done since he graduated from high school, and so excited to see what else he will do.
Moments like those are the intangible benefits of teaching–to see a student enjoying his life and sharing that joy with others. It’s difficult to articulate exactly how it feels, but I’m sure the other teachers out there know exactly what I mean.