Some people are natural born teachers. Some people have to learn the skills. Others should just plain not bother. I suppose that is true for any endeavor in life.
I had to learn and it took me a while to come into my own as a teacher. Mostly, I was just too naïve for the profession, especially early on.
I do remember this incident from early in my career, though, when I thought I really had it down.
I was a high school special education teacher in a small school. I had a motley band of little Calvins to guide. I was also one of those peripatetic types, always walking around. Well, you kind of had to be with this particular group. A little distance was a lot of leeway for those kids.
So one day, we were (if I recall correctly) doing a review for a history test that they would be taking in a day or two. I had a study guide and I was really into it. Also, I noticed that I seemed to have the rapt attention of the students. Wow, their eyes were following me every step of the way. I had them enthralled with a history review. I was in the teaching zone!
Of course, that is when I backed into an empty one of those desk-chair combinations. Smack...and down I went.
In a sad, sad moment, I realized full well that they had no interest in my history review whatsoever.
They had had a pool going as to when I would trip over something and hit the floor.