People have been asking: “So how’s your new job?”
I like it. I get to work with teachers and talk about reading all the time. Plus, there’s no anxiety on Sunday nights. Or papers to grade. Or parent phone calls to make. And I can go to the bathroom whenever I want.
But so far, coaching is not nearly as fulfilling as teaching. Whereas teaching is too much and too fast, coaching has been too little and too slow.
A quick comparison:
Teaching: 5-15 minutes of free time per day
Coaching: 60-90 minutes of free time per day
Teaching: 100+ human contacts per day
Coaching: 5-10 human contacts per day
Teaching: 1-2 hours of anxious feelings per day
Coaching: 1-2 minutes of anxious feelings per day
Teaching: 60 hours of work per week
Coaching: 40 hours of work per week
Teaching: 2-5% chance that something crazy will happen at any moment
Coaching: 0% chance that something crazy will happen at any moment
So what do you think? The comparison makes it seem like coaching is the better gig, right? For this year, the answer is definitely yes. I needed a slower pace so that I can pause for a bit and focus on where this reading thing will take me.
But there’s a simultaneous empty feeling. After 15 years, I miss the classroom, and I miss the students, and I miss the directness-of-purpose that teaching affords.
It’s been just three weeks, and I’m sure that coaching will pick up. But I’m afraid that it won’t be “enough.” The problem is, Full-time teaching is “too much.”