October 2008 Archives

You start the year with high hopes. The interview went well, and the job (or student teaching placement) sounds ideal. Sometimes your expectations are realized, and the fit is perfect. Sometimes, though, it is not. How does this happen? I wish that I could say that every job that LOOKS good IS good. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. What goes wrong? It may be one of the following: • You looked at the job idealistically, rather than realistically. When we want something very badly, we tend to see only the highlights and overlook the drawbacks. • You didn’t do ...

As you begin to transition from your military service, there is a way that you can continue to “Be All that You Can Be,” and “Aim High,” and still “Be Part of the Action,” as you “Let the Journey Begin,” as one of “The Few, The Proud,” become a teacher. If you are considering making a career change into the teaching profession, know that teaching is not just another job and that teaching is not for everyone. Teaching is a career in which you are able to make a difference in our youth and children, society and the world. Keys ...

“When I was in high school, I made a really stupid mistake. I went to a party and all my friends were drinking, so I did, too. I had a curfew, and I knew that my parents would worry if I didn’t get home on time, so I drove – even though I shouldn’t have. I hit a car, and the investigating officer smelled alcohol on my breath. The bottom line is that I was charged with a DUI. It’s a felony in our state. My dream, since I was in third grade, was to be a teacher. ...

Burned out? Overwhelmed? Exhausted? Whether you’re a student teacher, new teacher or seasoned professional, you may find yourself overcome by stress at this time of the year. You never think twice about being there for your students and responding to their needs. But what about you? If you don’t take care of yourself, your job will become a burden and you’ll lose your effectiveness in the classroom. Many teachers work to the point of physical and emotional exhaustion. The reality is that teachers are busy day and night; they are asked to take on many extra duties; ...




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