My First Teaching Experience
Erin Park, SED 2019
I’m not going to lie, I haven’t always wanted to be in education. It wasn’t until I was a sophomore in high school that I realized that education was something I was interested in. It all started when I really started falling in love with my volunteer work at a camp that works with people living with disabilities. My experiences at that camp influenced me to want to major in severe special education, and coming to Boston University has made me passionate about it.
Though my path towards education started early on in my high school years, my first official teaching experience was not until this past summer. I got to work as a kindergarten teacher at a summer school at my church, and it was one of the best experiences of my life. I have always loved children, especially kindergarten through second grade children, so I was very excited about my position.
Of course, I was incredibly nervous on my first day of teaching. First of all, I wasn’t even sure if I was cut out to be a teacher, and second of all, the thought of watching and teaching a bunch of rowdy five year olds was overwhelming, to say the least. Nonetheless, my first day in the classroom went better than I expected. My job as their teacher was to teach them the alphabet, how to spell words, and simple math, like counting. Though the learning content was not difficult, coming up with six weeks worth of lesson plans was something that I had never done before. At first, it was incredibly difficult for me to figure out what I should do for every day, but with time, the process got a little bit easier, and I started getting more creative with the lessons.
My first teaching experience taught me a lot about what it means to be a teacher and a lot about myself, as a future educator. For example, I always knew that coming up with lesson plans was not easy, so I’m glad that I was able to have this experience to prepare me for it in the future. I also learned that I do not have a good sense of time when I am teaching, so I now know to make sure to make a schedule of what will be done at what time.
As a freshman in the School of Education, I am so excited to get plugged into real classrooms soon and get even more training and insight on what it really is like to be a teacher. Though elementary education is not what I am majoring in, this teaching experience gave me a view of what it is that I could potentially be doing a few years from now, and I am more than excited to explore this amazing field that is education.
Erin Park is freshman in the School of Education, majoring in Special Education
PublishedStudent VoicesElementary EducationFirst Teaching ExperienceSpecial Education
Experience is the best teacher is an old cliché but I agree with that. Although some people think that best way to learn about life is by listening to our elders and friends, I believe that people learn the best by their experiences. Learning by our own experiences is long lasting and provides better learning. Most of all, learning by our own experiences help people to become more mature and ready to tackle difficulties of life.
First of all, chapters we learn through our own experiences are long lasting. We remember those lessons for long time and always remember not to repeat them again. On the other hand, if we learn from our friends and families, we forgot those things pretty quickly. As we dont go through that process ourselves, we over look their advices and suggestions. But, when we go through the obstacles and hurdles our selves, we experience whole process. These hands on experiences help us to remember our journey and keep us alert for long time.
Second of all, In addition to extended impact, learning by experiences is most informative and understandable. When we realize something ourselves, we understand them more and research more. These experiments and inferences help us to master that subject. Consider, for example, chemistry is very tough subject but when we practice same formulas again and again, we learn more. Same things apply to the experiences of life.
Finally, our experiences about own life help us to mature. When we are in teenagers, we learn to make friends. When we a university students, we learn how to build our carrier. Same way, when we get married, we learn how to take the responsibly of family. Learning is a lifetime process. We must learn some thing from our life to make our future better and ready to take care of hardships our lives.
Overall, although I believe that we learn many things from our family and friends such as social skills, trust and love, I think that learning from our own experiences are long lasting. Experiences also help us to learn more and better prepared for the future.