11/4- The Indescribable Incandescent

Today’s Shakespeare comes from Antony and Cleopatra Act II, Scene ii, line 208

It beggar’d all description

Antony and Cleopatra

And the verse from The Bible is Romans 11:33

Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and[a] knowledge of God!
    How unsearchable his judgments,
    and his paths beyond tracing out!

Romans 11:33

It’s a fairly accepted theological concept that the “depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God” is something that “begs description” – so as to say there are no words capable of describing Him and His power. That our understanding of Him and His ways is so small and infantile in how we’ve attempted to contemplate Him and them.

Sound familiar? It should. Teaching is a similar creature. Sure, I graduated from a great four year university that had a School of Education. Yes, I had field experiences upwards of 300 plus hours. And sure, I did a semester long student teaching. But all of the learning in the world could not prepare me for the Indescribable and Incandescent world that waited for me in my first classroom. Each day is a new challenge, a new lesson, a new dynamic, a new mix of emotions, hopes, dreams, heartbreaks, and more that the kids bring in from the outside. There are no two days the same. And I try and explain to folks why I love teaching and I find myself searching for the just the right word or words – and I often fail.

I will tell you there is no other feeling I’ve had in my 37 years of living and working in just about every job there is out there that I’ve found in the quixotic experience that is teaching. It is an idealistic world with unrealistic expectations but despite this quality it is still a joy to walk into my building and steel myself up for whatever unknowns and unpredictability await me after that first bell rings.

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