Learning a new job is reteaching me things I continually forget about teaching, like how difficult a teacher can make simple stuff.
I realize: Much I’ve been forced to memorize at my new job could have been made into a checklist that I could have memorized while I used it.
I ask myself: Are there parts of skills I teach that could be a checklist so students can memorize the steps while using it?
I realize: New employees need easy access to reference materials to consult if they forget how to do a task.
I ask myself: Have I provided easy access to reference materials students can consult if they forget how to do a task?
I realize: People assume the way things are done at their job site are the way things are done everywhere.
I ask myself: Am I unwittingly making students think there’s only one procedure (my way!) for doing routine tasks?
I realize: The hardest part of my job is not the actual work, but knowing how to arrange the tasks so the work gets done accurately and on time.
I ask myself: Do I do enough to help students learn how to arrange their tasks so their writing gets done accurately and on time?
I realize: In the workplace, work needs to be done right the first time; mistakes are costly.
I ask myself: Do I do enough to help students learn what aspects of writing are most important to get right in the first draft?
I realize: Ability to deal with people is at least as important as being able to do the job tasks.
I ask myself: Do I do enough to help students learn how to work with people who have no vested interest in working with them?
If it’s been a while since you got away from education to experience what today’s workplace is like, I recommend you plan to make an opportunity to do that soon. Working outside education is highly educational.
You might even call it a professional development experience.