Academic journal article Childhood Education

Teaching and Being a Success. (Student Slant)

Academic journal article Childhood Education

Teaching and Being a Success. (Student Slant)

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The school year is halfway complete, and your thoughts be turning towards an internship or student teaching. Expectations are high, and people are nervous. Every preservice teacher, child care worker, principal, and teacher has the same emotion year in and year out before stepping into a classroom for the first time.

When you step forth into your classroom for the first time, it is an experience unlike that in any other profession. It is your teaching that will propel your students to great things in the future. It is a responsibility difficult to put in the back of your mind. Will you succeed? Hopefully your success will be, as the unparalleled Dr. Seuss says in his book Oh, the Places You Will Go, "99 and 3/8 percent guaranteed."

As most of us work towards different degrees and certifications, I hear students complaining of "busy work." Remember, when we enter the classroom, it is the instructor who makes the difference between applying something we learn in the classroom or forever forgetting. Since I graduated with my undergraduate degree I've developed some perspective on the concept of "busy work." When we are students, it may not seem like fun, and we might say, "How does this apply?" It can, and hopefully will, apply at the right time. I remember sitting in a language arts class writing the uppercase letters of M, S, and N, and thinking, What purpose will this serve? …

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