Doing What I Love

By Barbara J. Mangione

“Find the job you would do for free and then get someone to pay you to do it.”

This is the advice I give to students at freshman orientation, in mentoring programs, in beginning language classes. It’s the philosophy that makes the beginning of each semester so exciting, the end so satisfying. It’s part of what makes it so much fun to be a teacher. The real joy, though, comes from what the teacher learns, and these most important things are rarely those one reads in the small hours of the morning while preparing the next day’s classes.

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