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mitzi smith

Great post, Claudio. We all have fears no matter how long we are teaching but we are not willing to be vulnerable in ways that can help each other. Thanks for being as vulnerable as you can here. I think race/ethnicity, gender, context can all impact the fears we must deal with, as you know. It is wonderful that you had access to trusted, capable therapist. We all need this, but don't have it for different reasons, including finances. Thanks again for this post!

Emmanuel Philor

Dr. Carvalhaes, this is one of my biggest fears as it relates to teaching. Thank you for sharing because it proves (to me) that I am not the only one who feels this way.

Paul Hegele

Cláudio, You say your greatest fear is to be exposed as an impostor. Mine, too. C.S. Lewis said, "All mortals tend to turn into the things they are pretending to be.” As long as we earnestly keep pretending we will grow into our roles as teachers and preachers, just as a person of the Way pretending to like Christ grows into a Christian.

Kurt Vonnegut added, “We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.” You have chosen your pretend role well, good teacher.

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