So a professor of education takes a leave from his job to go into the trenches and teach elementary school for a year. While there he keeps a log of his emotions. What does he find? Teachers get so fixated on what doesn't work that they can't figure out why it's not working...
The findings show both functional and dysfunctional dimensions of the teacher's emotional experience. The article suggests that the self-accusatory stance of teachers diverts teachers' attention from structural problems in their working conditions and, instead, focuses attention on the inadequacies of teachers as individuals. Furthermore, the paper suggests that it is from the collective naming and examination of emotions that teachers may be able to learn to accept and understand the darker emotions of teaching.