Teaching While Not Teaching.

Jim Parton
ILLUMINATION
Published in
4 min readMay 14, 2024

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My time in my classroom

Country classroom with student desk, teacher’s desk, and map on the wall.
Photo by Jeffrey Hamilton on Unsplash

Sixteen years have passed since I stood before a class of high school students. I have missed my classroom every day of those sixteen years. I left because of health issues. I could no longer endure the rigors of standing, supervising, lecturing, and meeting the demands of the teaching day. I think it is harder for teachers in today’s classroom.

I often reflect on my 24 years of teaching. I taught high school science for many years. I then took a short break to start my own business. I returned later to a continuation school program. Continuation school programs are for placing students in an alternative program rather than a traditional track school schedule. This is almost always due to behavior problems.

Continuation schools are notoriously known as places of poor discipline, unmotivated students, and undesirable conditions. For me, these were my best and most enjoyable teaching years.

In these years of classroom management, I was expected to help students grades nine through twelve complete their credits towards high school graduation. This included all high school subjects. My students were with me for 4 to 5 hours a day and worked on one subject independently for 3 weeks to complete the credits.

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I…

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Jim Parton
ILLUMINATION

Retired Teacher and Funeral Celebrant. The gay and married dad of three grown children. I have always been fascinated by the human condition. Come read with me.