Teaching is not all academics. Nope Nope Nope. In a classroom, the teacher is teaching (or should be teaching) how to interact and survive with dignity and confidence. Teaching that courtesy and respect are not out of fashion! There are so many lessons I've learned this semester, reaching beyond academics. Life lessons. People skills. Management skills. A certain hardening and gentleness all at once. Teaching high school is no joke, my fellow American population.