You may not think so, but you really do!
Recently, I was skimming through my copy of The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher’s Life by Parker Palmer (see References page), and it reminded me of a character trait, an important one for an instructor, one that either you have or you don’t. Before I go any further let me say that while I recommend this book, it is not for everyone. Palmer takes a spiritual (not to be confused with religious) look at teaching and challenges his readers to look inward to explore who they are as a teacher. I you are thinking of making physics a full-time teaching career, read this book! If you are content with teaching one HVAC course each term, you may not enjoy this book. On the other hand, if you aren’t enjoying the course you are teaching, read the book whether you like it or not. You owe it to yourself.