Today I have with me Rachelle Poth, she is the author of In Other Words & Unconventional. Rachelle is also a consultant, speaker, educator, and Pres. #iSTETEN. During this episode, Rachelle shares her teaching journey. Surprisingly she did not always want to be a teacher but she loved to learn. She didn't know she wanted to be a teacher until she was a junior in college. Rachelle is a rockstar educator, author, and speaker. Let's dive into her story a little bit more.
Rachelle shares about the importance of broadening your perspective as a future teacher. You never know what your path is - get involved in different grade levels and subject areas in which you are going to be certified. You make a difference in the life of a child. 💡Dr. Fecich fun fact: You make a difference in the classroom even if you are there only for a week or a day.
How do you make yourself stand out as a student-teacher in a highschool ?
Look for connections between students and teachers
Set yourself apart as a professional - YOU are a professional!
Knowing who you are and what you want for your students is key.
Set boundaries and build relationships
Connect with students and build those relationships
You want to be approachable, but still set your presence as a teacher
During this question, Rachelle flips the conversation on me! I share the importance of getting out of the college classroom and get out of your comfort zone. Attend conferences, edcamps, webinars, twitter chats. Get out there and push yourself. Rachelle adds by sharing that she taught in isolation for years but as soon as she connected with others - she found that she is not alone.
Keep pushing yourself as a teacher and connect with other teachers.
Listen to podcasts
Get on Twitter
Make the time to learn and grow it is important for you and your students
Pick one area that speaks to you and get out there, then add more to it!
You are never an expert - you are always learning
Advice for preservice teachers
Try something different - don't be afraid to try!
Try fieldwork and observations in different subject areas and grade levels
Professional books by Rachelle Poth
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