William Morris – the 19th century designer, poet, writer and painter – carefully distinguished between what he termed useless toil and useful work. He reasoned that useful work had to engage both the mind and the senses and that, for that reason, an enjoyable occupation shared many characteristics with play and games.
I enjoy teaching tremendously and count myself very lucky to be engaged in an occupation that satisfies me at every level and helps me develop both professionally and as a person. I am sure that there are many teachers who share that sentiment with me. Perhaps you are one.
Spare a thought for our students though. When they come to school, are they engaged in useless toil or useful work?
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