I’m writing this blog towards the end of summer and right before my last semester as an Education Major. The heat is wilting our town, and the blessings of air-conditioning are being praised. These last few weeks are when we begin to shift our focus for returning to school. Whether you are an incoming freshman or a graduating senior, we’re all beginning to make plans for when we return. Depending on what your major is, you may need to begin planning some specific things now. I’m an Education Major going into my final semester of the program. This semester I’ll be student teaching, and I’d like to give some advice on what you will need to do as an Education Major to be ready for student teaching.
- Get to Know Your Adviser: They are one of your most valuable resources who can be the first to help you know things such as what classes you need to take, and when you need to take your ALST.
- Start Saving those $$$: You’re required to pass several state tests as an Ed. Major. Find out the costs for each test and begin setting that money aside. You don’t want to be caught broke.
- Plan When to Take Your Tests: Friends, please don’t be that person who waits until their final semester to cram in taking their state tests. That’s setting yourself up for trouble. It puts way too much pressure on yourself to be able to pass those tests in order to student teach the following semester. Spacing them out will save you a lot of stress.
- Start that Student Teaching Application: The process to apply for student teaching is a very involved one. I would recommend that you start filling it out during the Christmas Break of your Junior Year. Here’s why: 1. You’ll most likely be at home and have easier access to the important personal documents you’ll need (do you really want your parents mailing you a care package of government papers?). 2. It gives you more time to get everything submitted. Your Junior Year will be stressful enough.
- Find Some Buddies: Get to know people in your program. They will become your most fearsome allies and loudest cheerleaders.
- Pass those Classes: Make sure you’re passing all your classes with the grades required for you major. You’ll need to ask your adviser what these grades need to be.
- Build Strong Relationships with Your Supervising Teachers: You’re going to be spending hours of field experience with different teachers in the Nyack area. Serve them well. Sometimes really amazing doors open up because you did.
- Constantly be Pushing Yourself Out of Your Comfort Zone: Your Senior Year as an Education Major can seem to be a bit daunting to say the least, but keep stretching yourself, and seeking growth in different areas of your life. These areas could be spiritually, socially, academically, or anything else you can come up with in your life. Stretching yourself will build that character muscle needed for your final semester.
- Pray: Pray, pray, pray. Pray about the little things and the biggest of things. God cares all of them.
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