inn keeping vs. teaching

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jmj
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I was reading one of the old forum topics, I think "how has this changed you", and started to wonder.

I left a career as a public school teacher (not even a month ago) to purse our new business.

That post got me wondering though, how different is teaching from inn keeping

Are there any former teachers out there? I saw the site owner said he was a physics teacher.

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Other than teaching workshops, I have never been a teacher (did not go to college). However, I had 6 kids and if that is not encompassing the role of teacher, I do not know what is. You teach them (hopefully) to be decent human beings, manners, speech, finances, shopping, how to run a household, cooking, etc

Teachers in elementary school spend time wiping snotty noses - innkeepers spend time wiping up after a bit more than their noses. We teach our guests the joys of our areas and where to find things. So one never stops teaching - only the manner and the subject changes. Just as WE never stop learning.

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Yup, I was a chemistry and physics teacher for 30 years...it was the hardest job I ever had.  

The skills (organizational, people, technical and stamina) I needed in teaching teenagers, dealing with colleagues  and parents, and being "on" every day have served me well in the B+B which I have been doing with my husband for 25 years.  Although I loved teaching, I am now very glad to be able to be my own boss, make my own hours (sort of) and take my vacations when I want them.  If you have always been a teacher then you know how to make a nickel stretch into a dime....you will certainly need that skill as an innkeeper!  

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Silverspoon wrote:

Yup, I was a chemistry and physics teacher for 30 years...it was the hardest job I ever had.  

The skills (organizational, people, technical and stamina) I needed in teaching teenagers, dealing with colleagues  and parents, and being "on" every day have served me well in the B+B which I have been doing with my husband for 25 years.  Although I loved teaching, I am now very glad to be able to be my own boss, make my own hours (sort of) and take my vacations when I want them.  If you have always been a teacher then you know how to make a nickel stretch into a dime....you will certainly need that skill as an innkeeper!  

Do you ever share this with your guests via a breakfast dish creation? "Here you go, voila remember I was a chemistry teacher for 30 years..."  Smiling

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It's surprising how many of our guests are or have been in education.  It provides an instant bonding...sort of like having another innkeeper at the table.  Our welcome book outlines our professional histories so if the guest has read through that section they often comment about the similarity between cooking and chemistry.  

But no...I don't bring my history up to them unless they comment.  Not many people smile with good memories of their time spent in a chemistry class!  LOL. In fact many say it was their least favorite course.  THAT is when I assure them that they would have loved it if they had been in my classroom!

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I did adult ed.

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I used to be a home economics teacher. We have several I believe who were. Then I taught web design at university before retiring to run the B & B.

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never been a teacher - but feel its like having a class of kids who also stay with you - like a massive school trip non stop!

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