For me, the most
challenging part of building my curricula from scratch is that there are
so many available resources. I find it time-consuming to seek out the
best way to teach each topic for the first time. It is nice to know that
I will be able to use these materials in the future, though.
experience I was required to complete in my classes before student
teaching, as well as student teaching itself, was very beneficial to
gain confidence in teaching material, but also to show me that as a
teacher, your lessons aren’t always going to be perfect. In the long
term, everything is a learning experience to learn what works and what
doesn’t. You just have to be patient. Also, completing homework in a
timely manner in general helped me realize the most efficient ways for
me to complete my schoolwork and planning now.
Be prepared for
rejection. There may be plenty of reasons why you don’t get the job you
want. However, if I would have gotten my “ideal” job, I wouldn’t be
where I am right now, and I am very happy here. Keep all of your
educational materials organized, of course, and use the resources and
seminars that the ECS offers. They are quite helpful! Just apply to as
many things as you can and don’t give up.
Because I didn’t
have to do a whole lot of job searching after graduation, I would
recommend taking the time to apply to as many internships or
educational work opportunities you can, because you never know how
important the connections you make can be. I think that connecting with
people in the field is probably the most important thing you can do.