Aldine ISD, 2nd Grade, All Subjects
“They were very informative and gave me everything
I needed to know to get my career in teaching started.”
Sam Houston State University - Radio/TV/Film, English Minor
Yes. Ms. Betts. She was so special to me because she always made me laugh. She had a unique hobby, she loved to workout. She would share some of the most funniest stories ever! Most importantly, she made me feel like an individual!
Insurance and Sales.
I had an opportunity to be exposed to this wonderful craft by tutoring and being a substitute. I looked forward to an opportunity to utilize my personality, and feel like I can actually make a difference in someone's life. Working for a paycheck... not fun! Working to make a difference... priceless!
How often kids mess with their noses. My goodness! Introduce Kleenex the first day!
Staying organized! The interview is only one step. Being a teacher to me is like managing your own company. You're the boss of your own element and must strategically organize your self to keep your classroom running smoothly. You have to result to data to monitor growth; you have to change and modify constantly to ensure results. Teachers must be organized in a manner to handle new information, programs, and new personalities.
It depends on the person. If you go into teaching open-minded and ready for varied surprises and changes it might take up to a year or so to grasp the concept and to be set up properly. If your waiting for things to fall at your feet... it might take longer than to get things together. Overall, being open-minded and organized is the key for consistency and also being willing to do the work to get prepared.
The kids teach me patience and how to deal with the unknown. Like them unexpectedly getting sick on the floor in the middle of the lesson! You've got to expect the unexpected and be ready for anything!
While getting to know my kids on my first day, I asked them to share a little bit of themselves with me by first stating their names and giving me a word to describe themselves. One of my students raised his hand and stated his name and then continued to tell me some very revealing personal information about his family. At that moment, I realized that I might need to better explain my icebreaker a bit more before the kids share all their family secrets!
I wanted a program that ensured quality and training that would give me an edge when entering the classroom. I needed a program that had a reputation for landing jobs, and would saturate me with information and provide me an opportunity to use it. Let's be serious, who wants to put in the work with no result? Texas Teachers gave results. I have a job to prove it!