In his own words
Dalyn Stram on Fishing and Teaching
As teachers, our profession is to impart learning and hopefully some wisdom and truth upon our students. However, as any good teacher will tell you, it seems like more often than not it’s the students doing the teaching and we the learning.
When you step into any river, you like to think you know how things will go that day. You’ve done your research, know what’s biting, what hatch might be going strong. But I always leave the river having learned more than I knew going in. Every trip is a learning experience, just like teaching. It’s a lifelong journey where there’s always something new to learn.
You never know for sure what fly a fish will take. You can do your homework and have a pretty good idea, but it’s never a guarantee. Same goes with teaching. We can have the best research-backed strategies and plans, but every student is different. We never quite know what fly they’ll take either.
I love rivers because they’re always going somewhere. They move. I’m always excited to see what new water is right around the next bend. With our students, what we do is in anticipation and excitement for what they’re capable of in the future. We can’t wait to see what’s right around their next bend.
Dalyn Stram is a master’s candidate and Helena DeGrath Memorial Scholar. Story.