with this job opportunity through Teach for America, who set up interviews
to find a placement for my two-year commitment.
I have always wanted to teach in the inner city. I was attracted to
using Teach for America as a vessel for that because they have a very
strong support network and their professional development sets you up to be
successful in an urban classroom.
The most gratifying aspect of my job is seeing the growth that students
make not only academically, but also as people. I learn as much from
my students as they do from me.
challenge has been incorporating a student-centered learning model in the
classroom. The district has just started using this blended learning
model, so many of us are not very seasoned teaching this way.
My time at
GCC helped me to prepare engaging, thought-provoking lessons. It
helped me develop a large library of resources that I still use even now.
Some advice I would give is to really put some time and thought into the
education classes you complete at GCC. I have used a lot of the
resources I generated for those classes in the classes I am teaching
currently. I would also encourage pre-service teachers to get into the classroom as
much as possible, especially if you want to teach in the inner city.
I would suggest that GCC students keep their options open and to not be
picky. Now is the time to try something that you would normally not
want to try when you get older.
The challenges of teaching in another culture are that sometimes you
cannot relate to your students because you do not share some of the same
experiences. This makes it difficult to connect with them, and as a
result, teach them! On the other hadn, once relationships are
established, it is very rewarding seeing your students develop
academically and behaviorally as responsible citizens. Teaching in
another culture allows you to see the world of education in a different
light. It has helped me develop a well-rounded view about some of
the things I learned and did not learn at GCC.
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