Having just returned from the enriching and fulfilling NABT 2022 conference in Indianapolis, I found myself remembering a small conference on reflective teaching practice a number of years ago. At this conference, I was given the prompt, “Who inspired you to become an educator?” I was stumped. I had not planned on becoming a teacher but rather fell into it by circumstance. As I thought more about this question, I recalled the various educators that I considered particularly effective now that I was in their shoes. I thought about the commonalities between them and in what ways each had impacted me. I found one common thread particularly intriguing: each of them was exceptionally good at making their job look effortless. We know how easy teaching appears to outsiders. We have certainly heard as much in recent years, but it has been a disparaging mantra for a very long time. As...

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