Honest Experience and Advice for Education Majors


Hey guys! Because this topic is going to be my candid advice for education majors. This is not a topic about the student teaching semester. I’m going to make a separate topic about that, of course, if you are in your student teaching semester definitely keep reading, but this is just for general education majors. This is my advice for you, for your ears, as you go through your education program. A tiny bit of background about me. I am a math teacher and I went through a traditional education program and I got my degree and middle grades mathematics education.
So yeah, that’s the story I’m sticking to it. So here is my advice for you, if you’re an education major, tip number one is to see as many types of schools. You can there are so many different types of schools. There’s private, public charter boarding schools, Montessori schools, project-based learning schools, Kipp schools, delicious goes on and on. There are so many types of schools that call for certain types of teachers and you need to know what type of a school that you’re going to want to teach at. If you have the type of teacher, that wants your students to learn through their own experiences and through hands-on learning you’re going to want to go to a project-based school. If you’re the type of teacher that likes a very standardized rigorous set in stone curriculum, you’re going to want to go to maybe a private school where the curriculum is standardized across all classes. You have to be able to see these different types of schools. So that you know where you’re going to want to go when you are a real teacher.
Tip number two is to observe as many as you can as I kind of alluded to in my first tip. There are so many types of teachers, there’s a type of teacher that likes to have sort of controlled chaos in their room and kind of letting the students decide what they’re going to do that day. And then there’s the teacher who comes in with the notes and the lesson plans and they are kind of in charge and choosing what goes on you’re experienced at this. The moment is so small because you haven’t seen that many schools. Your experience is basically drawing off of what happened to you in your school. You think that every other school works that way and that’s not fault that’s the way. It is for everybody who goes into education. You can have much experience. Because you’ve only been educated yourself. You haven’t been able to see a bunch of different types of schools. So when you go and see all these different types of teachers, you realize why this whole ought always to do this. And you’re able to pick and choose, what you like about certain types of teachers making yourself as a teacher.
Tip number three is something that I did and it is to keep a Google Doc, called the teacher to the news or something along those lines. It doesn’t have to be a Google Doc. It can be a journal. It’s Basically something that you keep a hold of three or four years and as you do all of your practicum. And you observe all of your teachers and all of your differences Classrooms and schools. You keep a list of all the things that you want to do once you have your own classroom. I still have mine and theirs. So many awesome ideas on it. Classroom management strategies and warm-up ideas and exiting ideas and organizational tricks. It’s so awesome that you have the opportunity to see all these different teachers and schools. And while you’re there making a note of the things, that you want to do and keep track of it through your years in your program.
Tip number four is to make a Twitter. So much professional development goes on on Twitter every single day, every single night. There are Twitter chats where educators come together and through a certain hashtag they discuss certain topics about education. You can learn so many awesome things for these Twitter chats from teachers all over the world. Not only are the Twitter chats awesome and just following cool education. The Twitter accounts are awesome, but also you’re building up your resume in a sense. When you’re tweeting about the things that you’re doing in your student teaching or the things that you’re observing in your practicum or just tweeting articles about education. Put your Twitter on your resume and somebody pulls up your Twitter and they see how. This person is really involved in education and interested in education. I definitely want to have them as a teacher at my school. It’s great. It’s a great way to advertise, how invested you are in education, how awesome of a teacher. You are going to be definitely getting on Twitter.
Tip number Five is to ask every question that comes to mind to your professor, to your cooperating teachers, the people in your practicum and to make note of the answer. Because, once you get into your own classroom. You realize that you’re calling the shots and there’s nobody. You can really turn to and say, hey how do I do this. Because they’ll set you, it’s your classroom. You do what you feel, do what you feel is best, don’t be afraid to ask the silly questions. Because before you know it you’re going to be in charge of 30 kids and you’re going to wish you had asked those questions.
Tip number six is to stay in touch with every single school that you go to get the emails and the phone numbers of every teacher that you read every school that you visit every professor That you have the school that you went to when you were a kid and keep in touch with those people. Because when you’re looking for jobs, it’s going to be fabulous to have those connections to get your foot in the door at those schools.
My final tip is to make explicit research on classroom management strategies. And then observe teachers who use each one of those strategies. You don’t realize that there is like so much research on classroom management in so many different styles with names that can used. But there are and let me tell you cluster management is the keystone to successful teaching. Who could have the most vibrant personality be extremely knowledgeable have incredible lessons. But if classroom management isn’t there you’re done, it’s everything that’s truly everything. It is like oxygen. It is necessary and it’s imperative that you know the classroom management style that you are going to use when you’re a teacher.
So do as much research as you can on it during your education program. And observe teachers that are using each one of those strategies and see what ones actually work. Because a lot of them don’t, those are all of my tips for the education major. I’m going to make a topic for student teachers specifically and maybe talk a bit. A little bit about my student teaching experience.