I’ve had bad teachers and I’ve had great teachers that have influenced my life. Though my career choices as a child swerved between being a news anchor and becoming a pharmacist, I always returned to English education. At the risk of sounding clichéd, the classroom with a stack of books is where I begin. As a result of my clichéd mindset, I am preparing to student teach in a mere three weeks.
As a practicing teacher this semester, I aspire to do the following things:
- Pray daily for the students in my classes.
- Understand that no everybody thinks the classroom is a dandy place to be.
- Develop and practice patience.
- Plan lessons, but understand that they might not “pan out” in the classroom.
- Learn that distractions happen (see #4).
- Take advice and constructive criticism from my supervising teachers like a fellow grown up.