The role of ego in teaching can be complex, as Ruthann Robson articulates.
“Teaching in the classroom is not purely performance. I think that one has to have an exceedingly strong ego and simultaneously no ego when one is teaching. It is important to be able to endure the glare of student attention and be center stage, assuming control and not letting particular students derail the class. It is equally important to understand that the class is not ‘about’ me or about me ‘feeling good.’ The central project is the students’ learning.”