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Article 10: Make the move

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Your parents prepared you for kindergarten through high school and your high school teachers prepared you for this moment. The moment when you are about to graduate from high school and really think about long term goals. Now it’s time to take the reigns into your hands and make the decision of a lifetime about your career. Take into consideration your degree path is your gateway to adulthood. Are you ready to grab a hold of those reigns and steer yourself into the right direction?

I have given you all the necessary information you need to go into an education major. I have listed skills, personal attributes, what should drive you to become an educator. I have even shared with you ways of paying for that degree, the jobs you can have along with salaries and benefits, More excitedly, I told you how you will be on vacation during the summer. You never lose your summer’s as an educator. You can still plan your fun trips and go to the water parks with your friends. After all you are still young and should be enjoying life, even with a career. So what’s holding you back?

Let me share a testimony from a teacher. As a teacher Ms. Norris says she try to have fun on a daily basis. She makes it her duty to talk to her students on a daily basis even if it’s just to ask them how their day is going or how they feel. She sometimes even listens to their little odd jokes and laugh with them. It may not be funny to her but it makes her students feel appreciated. By listening to her students Ms. Norris makes them feel important. This makes her students as well as their day.

Teaching is a fulfilling career. Your students will always do something that catches you off guard and you just have to laugh it off. Your students will be just like you one day, graduating from high school and preparing to take the big step into adulthood. Be that person who your students will think of when they say I want to be just like you when I grow up.

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Works cited

Personal Interview from Lauren A Norris

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Article 9: A diamond in the rough

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Some of you student’s have teachers you do not get along with. I mean you are high school seniors and at your development stage there is some level of independence and respect you require, even from your teachers. They might want to give homework and its almost time to graduate. You as students are totally checked out and ready to leave high school. With so much teacher bashing, who in the world would wants to teach?

If you possess the skills mentioned in blog 3 with several other educational groups to recruit a new generation of classroom educators. This means that all the things your teachers may be doing during the end of the school year that bothers you, here is your chance to change it. You can make the difference as an educator. You are the diamond in the rough that they they are looking for.The Department of Education and Teach for America joined together to seek out students like you.

You can change the conversation around teaching so that it becomes a career that others want to get into. Right now public education is increasingly driven by standardized tests and teacher performance evaluations from the rollout of the common core. “Traditionally, a teacher just used to be profession where students came to school, sit at their desk, learn facts and then return home.” (Lanier 1997). As the new generation of teachers you will be able to find different ways to communicate with your students by using more modernized techniques. The old way seems to be bothering the majority of students, why not be a part of making the difference?  You can use video games or project solar system in the classroom. If that works better for the newer generation and the Department of Education sees an increase in test scores. Then, hats of to you, you were a part of the team that made a difference in educating the younger generation.

Teaching is one of the most important things and entering education is one of the most important things a young person can do. Are you prepared to make a difference and become one of the teachers that made learning and end of the year learning more fun? Then, let’s not waste any more time thinking of what major you should study. Education is the key.

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Works  cited

Lanier, Judith. Redefining the Role of the Teacher: It’s a Multifaceted Profession. A Closer Look at What Education Really Means. July (1997)

The Department of Education

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Article 8: Stories from school

Big steps coming up. High school graduation is approaching and you will miss your friends. Some already know what colleges they are going to, others know where they want to attend, and there are a few who are just still caught up in the hype of graduating from high school, woohoo!

Then graduation is over and there is a bright future ahead, are you going to take this path or are you going to just watch everyone else go down this road and leave you behind?

I did a telephone interview with a school teacher, who happens to be a good friend of mine. We discussed her life before college and how excited she was to be able to do whatever she wanted. Not college, but to be able to party, stay out whenever she wanted, hang out at the mall. Dionne, didn’t stop and think that for one moment she still needed money to accomplish these things. However, she got a summer job at a local fast food outlet and made her hang out money but she said something was missing. All her friends who she was supposed to be having fun with for the summer were getting ready to go to college. Things quickly turned and she decided to apply to college to. Long story short, Dionne got into Howard University as an elementary education major.

All the fun that Dionne had planned for the summer she said she had those experiences during her four years at college. However, at the end of it all she earned a bachelor’s degree and had a job that made a difference in the lives of young people. Dionne said she never knew she would’ve had so much fun during her college years.  Dionne’s message is that you don’t have to stop school to have fun. it is much more fun to get on the path to your bright future and as she says “dance all the way down the road.” Dionne shares her story with her student’s all the time. She teaches fifth grade and likes to remind her student’s that when they go on to middle and high school, never forget the dreams they had in elementary school. Dionne says that she makes a difference in her student’s life and she encourages them daily. You can find other personal teaching experiences here.

Are you planning on just having fun for one summer or are you planning on dancing all the way down the road to your bright future ahead?  I say, dance! but dance with a degree and a job. A bright future awaits you, take hold of it!

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Works Cited

Personal interview with Dionne Chambers

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Article 7: Paying for School

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So now that you have thought about high school prom dresses and dates. What’s the next step? Graduating with a high school diploma should not be the end of your education. I know that some of you are thinking, how am I going to pay for college? My parents didn’t save for it or due to the economic crisis they used up my college savings.  As I mention in blog 5  there are a lot of financial gains in teaching. Financial aid is given to students who fit the criteria as well as Pell grants . As a student, if your Pell grant covers your tuition cost you do not have to accept the loans.

There are also other organizations that helps students who are majoring in education. As a high school senior some of you may have never heard about these programs. Well, let me introduce you to Teach for America.

Teach for America is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to enlist, develop and mobilize as many as possible of our nation’s most promising future leaders to grow and strengthen the movement for educational equity and excellence. Education needs the most driven, passionate leaders your generation has to offer. A great education opens doors of opportunity, transforms life outcomes and leads to empowerment.

At Teach for America the great thing is, wait for it…….. Loan Forgiveness!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yes, I said loan forgiveness. Most of the student loans you get for school are Stafford Loans. At Teach for America, there is something known as the Stafford Loan Forgiveness Program. A teacher who teaches full time for 5 consecutive years, complete academic years in certain elementary and secondary schools that serve low income families and meet other eligible requirements may be eligible for loan forgiveness for up to $175,000. the process of eligibility is as simple as filling out a form and submitting it to the administrative office at your school.

So, you want to got to college right?  You need money for college right? After college you need a job that pays you a full salary right? If the time you spent as a new worker can be time served towards debt forgiveness, then why not take up a major that covers all these steps in one. Education!!!!!!

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Works Cited

http://www.teachforamerica.org

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Article 6: Challenging but Rewarding

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Are there challenges to teaching? Of course there are! But they are rewarding. As high school seniors many of you have seen your teacher’s come into class and teach new methods. Some of you have had teachers who stay back after school to go over the new materials with you. Your teachers want to make sure you learn these methods and when tested on them you are successful. Their reward is your success. This is the type of difference that you make in a child’s life as an educator. I am sure many of you have a high level of gratitude for these teachers who are right now helping some of you with college applications.

” Teaching practice against the contemporary backdrop of a teacher education curriculum that is often centered not on the task and activities of teaching but on beliefs and knowledge, on orientations and commitments, and a policy environment preoccupied with recruitment and retention.” This is a statement made by Loewenberg and Forzani in an article that they wrote that sets an argument for teaching and the challenges that comes with teaching. Teaching is not normal work, it takes knowing answers to questions and at least part thereof. If you were to be part of something challenging, do you want to be engulfed in work or would you rather be part of a challenge that ends in making a difference in a child’s life? I personally prefer making a difference in someone’s life and this is what you get to do as an educator.

Being a teacher also means that you seek to learn others’ experiences and perspectives while being in a professional role. The challenge comes from the fact that the efforts to improve teachers qualities have multiplied. However, teachers prefer training to education because it entitles them to the kind of intelligence required for professional compliance. If a teacher is able to explain a concept to his/her students, it helps the student to write a clear paragraph on what they have just learned. This is helpful for students who are gearing toward the field of education. There are also challenges like

  • Behavioral management
  • Planning and Programming
  • Assessments
  • Communicating with parents
  • Differentiation
  • Technology
  • Being a team player

You will face students with a range of skills, abilities and experiences. However, being aware of how to support your students will come with time as you learn their individual characteristic and learning style. Your colleagues will also assist you in overcoming these challenges. My first year as a Special Educator was very challenging. I loved working with all my students but each of them had different issues and what worked for one did not work for the other. One of my colleagues advised me to think outside the box as to what will work for my students. That was great advice, I took my little special needs first graders and knighted them super heroes in my classroom. They each had special colors on the rug and with those colors were the super heroes to match. My students were successful, their differences were set aside and with each super hero I found their learning style and activities that would help them succeed. I would never forget how I got over that challenge.

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Works cited

Ball, Loewenberg. Deborah & Forzani. M. Francesca. The work of Teaching and the Challenge for Teacher Education: Journal of Teacher Education 2009; 60; 497-511. DOI 10.1177/0022487109348479

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Article 5: Financial Gains in Teaching

 

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As a student preparing to graduate from high school some of you already have part time jobs. These jobs are just a quick buck to make sure you purchase your own little knick-knacks, or to go to the movies and hang out with your friends. How about a job that pays you a starting salary  at approximately 46, 000 a year. Can you imagine being a 21 year old making that kind of money? This is what a first year teachers’ salary looks like along with benefits. There are a lot of financial gains to becoming an educator. While teaching is not a get rich quick profession, starting salaries are comparable to many other professions.

As a teacher your salary varies in each state. Due to the fact that cost of living in the cities are much higher, in order to attract teachers the schools need to pay a salary that will compare the cost of living in that area. Therefore if you want to make more money you can look into teaching in urban areas. In these areas the schools are considered  high needs and they have a great demand for teachers.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, public school teachers are paid about 11% more than the average professional worker. A teaching career also offers opportunities for advancement and increased pay over time. Teachers who are looking to increase their salary may benefit from having a masters degree. Teachers with Master’s degrees are eligible for more promotions and many schools offer compensation for advanced degrees. your salary may also vary depending on the grade level you teach. Teachers salaries are actually higher than you think. There are also other important benefits that comes with your teacher salary such as, health insurance and pension plans. Most teachers have their premiums fully paid by their school districts, and their health and vision plan benefits are among the best when compared to other working industries.

Teaching also offers additional benefits such as sick days and tuition reimbursement so if you want to continue your education after you become a teacher it can be paid for by your district. An enormous perk to being a teacher is YOU GET THE SUMMER OFF!!!!!!!!! As a young educator you still want to have fun. Being a teacher you can still go to Cancun Mexico, Florida or even visit every theme park during the summer without worrying about losing days at work. Great job right! There is also a wide variety of teaching grants that you can become eligible for as a teacher. If you are looking at public schools, their salaries are set by the board of education. On the other hand, private schools are completely autonomous. Private schools are able to set their own standards and requirements for teachers. Therefore, they are also able to set the salaries for their teachers, so when looking to apply to work for private institutions you should check their policies first. Either way, public or private schools are closed for the summer.

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Works cited.

US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

https://www.bls.gov

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Article 4: Mastering the art of teaching

 

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As a high school senior you might be asking yourself, “Will I make a good teacher?” I am here to tell you, “Yes you can!” In becoming an education major you will learn the necessary skills for you to become an effective teacher. Becoming a skilled teacher takes practice and guidance from mentors and administration. However, being able to work in a classroom from as early as your second year in college sound like fun right? Imagine being able to help shape the minds of our future generation while you yourself will only be around twenty years old. Let me tell you, it is also an awesome feeling when you see one of your students in public with their parents and they say “That’s my teacher mom/dad!” you feel really proud of yourself.

Effective teaching does not involve presenting a lesson in an exciting manner to your class, it is a craft that is learned over time. Effective teaching is a teaching philosophy that can distinctly change given the situation. Having the skills and ability to become an effective teacher will allow you to craft your lessons and teaching style to accommodate any class size. “Teachers are the main source of information and offers students the opportunity to identify their own learning need or reflect collectively on their learning experience.” In order to be a skillful teacher you must be able to encourage your students to be critical thinkers. There are four parts to being effective when you teach: Outcomes, Clarity, Enthusiasm, Engagement.

As a skillful teacher you must be able to encourage your student to know their learning style and effectively apply it to the way they learn. Teachers are role models who know how to respect their students. A recent study was done where teachers were asked to specify the skills and personal qualities that a good teacher possesses, in other words what attributes are considered to be the most effective and the finding indicated are as follows; good teachers are enthusiastic, friendly, easy going, able to develop rapport with learners, committed to the growth of their students, approachable, interested in learners as people, and always conscious of their status as role models.

Establishing relationships with students is crucial to form a bond with each student. Effective teachers should be available outside of class to answer questions and provide additional help to students.This applies to anyone thinking of becoming an educator because you have to think of how you are viewed in the eyes of your students. You are not only a teacher but a respected role model where others will be looking up to you as a respectable person in the community. As a teacher you influence students to maximize their potential and you are also an influence in their career choice. One of your students are going to say to you “Miss/Sir, when I grow up I want to be just like you.”

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Works Cited

Azer, A. Samy, MB PhD. The qualities of a good teacher: How they can be acquired and sustained. Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. 2005 Feb; 98(2) 67-69

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Article 3: Skills needed to become an educator

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There are several qualities needed to become a great teacher. The greatest attribute a teacher must possess is a passion for teaching and working with students. As a high school senior, you are on the brink of adulthood. Around the ages that you are which is 17-18 you already have a good idea of your strengths and weaknesses and what attributes you have.

A teacher must be excited about influencing their students lives and most of all they must understand the importance of the impact they have on those students. A great teacher is a person that a student cherishes and remembers for the rest of their lives. A great teacher inspires students towards greatness and helps them to seek out their maximum potential. A great teacher is very engaging and holds the attention of students during all class discussions. Do you possess these qualities? If you do then being a teacher is the perfect job for you.

As a teacher you will employ effective but clear discipline skills and can promote positive behavior changes in the classroom and environment. In hindsight you are already a teacher because many of you probably have a sibling or family member that you have corrected for doing something they shouldn’t have. You corrected them and now they do better. That’s promoting postive behavior change. Congratulations! you have the attribute of a teacher.

A teacher is sometimes the only person a student trusts to talk to about their goals and fears. Having great classroom management skills is another attribute to have. Good classroom management skills can ensure good student behavior and create effective work study habits and an overall sense of respect for teacher and classmates. Having acquired knowledge of subject matter can be overlooked but it is a quality of a good teacher. Let’s face it, no one is perfect and because you are a teacher no one expects you to be great at every subject. That is being unrealistic. However, a skilled teacher has an incredible amount of knowledge for the subject matter that they are teaching and they are prepared to answer questions about that subject and keep the lessons interesting for their students.

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Works cited

Walls, R.T. The Journal of Effective Teaching, Vol. 5, No. 2, 2002. Psychological Foundations of Learning. Morgantown, WV: WVU International Center for Disability Information.

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Article #2: Steps to Becoming an Educator

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As a high school senior, you have a lot of knowledge as to what takes place in the classroom. However, you may not be aware of what it takes to get to this wonderful profession. To become a teacher you must earn a bachelor’s degree. If you are a kindergarten or elementary school teacher, then you must possess a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. The choice as to what grade levels you want to teach is yours. If your goal is to become a preschool teacher, then you may start to work with your associates degree. Yes, an associates degree! So you will be getting a salary after your first 60 credits, this is great. As a young adult you need your own money too.

A bachelor’s degree is still recommended even though you may start to work with an associates. There are some schools that require teachers. who teach from kindergarten to sixth grade to major in certain content areas such as science, math, or English. If your goal is to teach high school, then you are often required to have majored in a particular subject area being that that is the only subject you will be teaching on a daily basis.

Upon obtaining your bachelor’s degree you will be required to engage in student teaching. This is a must because it is highly important that you gain experience in a classroom. To become a teacher you must obtain a certain number of supervised educational experience in order to sit your licensure exam. The state of Maryland requires that you student teach for one year. This can be done during the pursuit of your bachelor’s degree or the months proceeding your graduation.

After you have obtained your license or certification you are ready to move into full employment. If you are interested in becoming  a private school teacher then you are not required to be licensed by the state. Most private schools still requires that their teachers hold a valid state certification and there is no better way to apply for a job than knowing you are fully qualified. As a public school teacher there is a requirement for a minimum number of  professional development course hours in order for you to maintain their state license or certification. Teachers begin to work with a bachelor’s degree but is also highly encouraged to obtain their master’s while teaching.

Keep in mind that regulations vary from state to state so if you are planning to reside in a different state you can click on the link below and look up the requirements for each state

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https://education.uky.edu/acadserv/pdac/certification-by-state

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Article #1 A Lifetime of Learning

 

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WHY BECOME A TEACHER

I know many of you are asking yourselves, what do I do after high school? You are about to graduate and you have not even thought about your next step. Do I go to college? Which college? How am I going to pay for college? And most of all what am I going to study? I am here to help you answer those questions. If your passion is to guide every child in making a career decision for their life, then being a teacher is the job for you. Let’s first take a look at what is a teacher?

A teacher is a person who helps others acquire knowledge, competences and values.  A teacher plays many key roles in their students, life. Teachers’ are

  • Role models
  • Cafeteria monitors
  • Crossing guards
  • Bus monitors
  • Counselors
  • Mentors
  • Nurturers

A teacher is one who listens to that “strange” little boy or girl talk about his or her fascination with dragons or pixie’s and not judge them. Every individual you will meet in your lifetime will be able to tell you who is their favorite teacher. Even though the main role of a teacher is to teach academics to the students’ there are many other roles that a teacher plays. The teacher is the person that sets the tone for the classroom. They build a warm environment  and also mentor and nurture students.

Anyone rarely forgets a person who helps them to learn. By becoming a teacher you are a role model who inspires and encourages each student to strive for greatness, live to their fullest potential and encourage each student to look deep within themselves and see the best. A teacher stands by their students when they have problems.  As an adult everyone looks back and think of the one teacher that inspired them to be all that they can be. As a teacher you are also committing yourself to a lifetime of knowledge and learning. Teaching is an exciting profession where you get to impart the knowledge you have gained into young minds and watch them blossom. The reward comes from watching your students’ retain, share and master the information that you have imparted in them.

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Works cited

Lanier, Judith. Redefining the Role of the Teacher: It’s a Multifaceted Profession. A Closer Look at What Education Really Means. July (1997)’

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