Thursday, 3 February 2011

How Do You Become a Teacher

Tips to Becoming a Teacher to Brighten the Lives of the Future Generation
Becoming a teacher has been the best idea any child could have. Sadly, many children do not follow a profession so noble, rather they choose other professions that are more monetarily gratifying. Imagine the number of teachers who taught kids who are now senators or presidents or even a wonderful scientist who has made some break through in the field of medicine that could save many lives. Imagine how proud such teachers would be given the fact that their own students have made them so proud.
Here are some important steps to take on the road to becoming a teacher:

· First of all, you must decide if becoming a teacher is really the right path for you. Get experience working with kids - work at a summer camp, teach soccer lessons, babysit nephews, volunteer in a classroom. · The next step on the road to becoming a teacher is deciding whether or not you want to teach elementary or secondary education. To teach elementary education, you will need to get an elementary teaching degree. · Find out what sort of teacher certification program is needed in the state you want to teach in. Different states have different steps towards becoming a teacher. In some states, you can even get your teacher's certificate while you are teaching.
· Find a job as a teacher's aide or as a substitute teacher. · To receive your proper teaching credentials, you should expect to have to take many standardized tests and also get some mandatory classroom experience before you start student teaching. · It can be hard to find a teaching job. It is often said that there is a shortages of teachers, and that may be true, but there are certainly plenty of teachers that want to fill in practically any opening in a school. · It is a good idea to join a professional teaching association. You can find out about job openings, network with other teachers, get good tips and ideas on lesson plans, and more.
Becoming the perfect student is possible. The AVID, or Advancement Via Individual Determination, program teaches students how to become much better students using the five simple techniques detailed below. Being a former AVID teacher, I can assure you that these techniques do work. Not only that, but I have seen the perception of certain teachers about certain students change solely because the students began doing these five things.
Some students initially think that these five techniques, called SLANT, show them how to cheat the system and fool their teachers. Because what happens for most students is that they do become more engaged students precisely by using these techniques. Yes, seat selection absolutely plays a role in how you are viewed as a student. I have taught K-12 students, community college students, and university students. Trust me, this request happens so rarely that most teachers will accommodate the request.
Lean forward. Students who lean forward appear to be interested in the topic being presented. Students who lean back and slouch appear to be uninterested.
Ask questions. Engage the teacher and the subject matter. Asking questions not only increases your understanding of the topic, it also increases the teacher's impression of your abilities. Clearly a win-win.
  • Nod your head. Nodding your head is an engagement technique. Talk to the teacher. The teacher is not your enemy.


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