advice on becoming an eduactor????

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-06-2003
advice on becoming an eduactor????
Mon, 04-14-2003 - 1:38pm
I'm a student going into Music Ed. I'm a composite major. This may sound corny, and I don't like mentioning it, but it's what happened. I have been involved in music my entire life. I got into a bad relationship and got pregnant right out of high school. I didn't know what I wanted to do as a career so I decided to wait to go to college. In my state, as everywhere else, I was beoming more and more aware of the need for music educators. The towns were practically begging for them. I was horrified! What could I do, though? Well, a few thigns fell into place and I felt as if it were my calling to go into music ed. I wasn't very good with children, i have to admit, so I was nervous when after I enrolled for my classes my second year and had to do my practicum. This must be what I was meant to do because after the first day, I have loved being there and I can imagine doing nothing else with my life right now. I can't even stand to think about goign to my current job. My teacher was one I'd had for band for four years, so he knew me pretty well. I got to evaluate playing tests, help the students prepare for music festival, direct the bands when the teacher had to be gone, and even when he was there. It was amazing! I'm sorry, I'm babbling, but the point I'm getting to is that I was hoping you all could send me any advice on goign into education. I hate lesson plans with a passion, and that integrating technology into the classroom crap, but unfortunately in college I have to do them, as I'm sure in the real world I'll have to as well. SO, anything would be greatly appreciated. How do you deal with problematic children, what are your classroom rules, how do you enforce them, how are your seating charts assigned, do you have one? room decorating ideas, EVERYTHING!!! I love to learn and I am usually able to take somethign and apply it to my life so please, I'm excited about doing this. What frustrates you most, what you would change about education, everything. Ok, this is getting lengthy, I'll post it now. Please and Thank YOu!!! JC
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Registered: 03-24-2003
Wed, 04-16-2003 - 9:36pm
Wow...where do I begin! I'll take a couple of points and hope some of the others can add some more ideas.

Since my job is teaching tech integration, I'll discuss that crap! LOL Research shows that using technology as a tool to research and produce knowledge products raises test scores. Technology is a tool for problem solving and developing higher-level thinking and problem-solving skills. To do our students justice we must enable them to do more than memorize and function at a literal comprehendion level just to pass standardized tests. The integration part is easy. Kids have a basic understanding and love for the technology. It is the teacher's job to help them use it wisely. This means you have to provide the opportunity to develop real-life problem solving skills and guide them to be more information literate. Developing inquiry-based learning assignments can help do this. For an example of the depth and richness of on-line and inquiry-based resources look at the new ArtsEdge site on the Harlem Renaissance. Go to: Activities like these can develop a deeper understanding and love of the subject. If you want to teach, you have to teach the whole child, not just the parts that like what you do, Sorry...but we all hate some part of the job.

As for class management and discipline can't be their friend. You are the teacher and must earn their respect through both support and discipline. Finding the balance isn't always easy. As you move through your teaching classes, observe and ask the experienced teachers for advice and explanations. Take notes, copy their rules, and begin to formulate an ideas of what works and what doesn't. Fine tune it to fit your style, but don't ever go into a class without a clear idea of your rules and expectations. Make them clear to the students and their parents and don't give in. If they learn you're a softie, you're dead. Lead by strength and conviction, not compromise.

Let's see what some of the others can offer. Good luck!




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Registered: 07-16-2001
Sat, 04-19-2003 - 11:23pm
I think Sherry hit on some good points, and there are some things I'd like to reinforce. First of all, DON'T back down!! I can't emphasize that enough! Make fair, simple rules and stick to them, no matter how many times that same parent complains. As long as your rules are fair, you have nothing to worry about.

Second, we all hate some part of the job. I hate grading more than anything. I try to get that done fairly quickly so I don't spend as much time hating it (although right now, I've fallen behind and it just keeps piling up!). Lesson plans aren't so bad for me. As a third grade teacher, though, I'm sure my plans would be different from a band teacher.

The last thing I want to add is be confident. If you're not, fake it. The kids smell fear. The know you're new, and they will test your limits. If you walk in on that first day with your head held high and with a confident "teacher voice", it'll go a long way for keeping control of your class. My younger sister will be doing her student teaching next spring, and she once told me that she thinks I'm too mean. She said she's going to be "nice" to her students and be friendly with them. She's going to learn the hard way! You can be fair, understanding, compassionate, personable, and pleasant, but if you're worried about being nice, you're going to get taken advantage of.

Good luck!