Academic journal article Childhood Education

Committees

Academic journal article Childhood Education

Committees

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My wonderful ACEI Branch adviser back at Eastern Illinois University taught me many lessons during my time there, but one stands out more than any other. As you volunteer, more and more responsibility will find you. This pushed me to do my best and gave me opportunities that I otherwise would have not been able to obtain. This same principle followed me into my first year of teaching. The more you volunteer for committees, student groups, tutoring, activities, or anything else, the more will come your way.

The problem with first-year teaching, and the second-year for that matter, is that you are spending so much time preparing for your class that you will not have time for the activities. If you are not careful, you could easily find yourself with too much to handle. This puts you in danger of angering colleagues and infringing on the time that should be spent in the classroom. It's very hard and yet very important to find a balance.

I do have some advice about how you could get involved during your first few years without getting bogged down. …

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