Hey education major - don't waste your opportunity!
Updated: Oct 26, 2022
During this interview, I sit down with Chris Nesi, discussing his teaching story, the importance of being an education major and not taking it for granted, tips for balancing work and education, and more! In addition to this conversation, I share a reviewer shout-out and a student-teacher spotlight! Let's jump right in!
And now my interview with Chris Nesi
@mrnesi | Host of @HouseofEdTech & @PodcastPD | HS Teacher & University Professor | chrisnesi.com/go
During our interview, Chris shared about this teaching journey. When he was an undergrad, he entered college with the idea of being a high school math teacher and switched to history. Chris persevered and received his teaching certification in K-12 history, a post-baccalaureate degree, and a master's degree in curriculum and instruction. Chris is a lifelong learner through his podcast, House of Edtech, and continued education. He is in his twelfth year of excellence in teaching and education.
Favorite teaching moment from college days
Chris shared a sad point in his college career when he knew he wasn't getting into the teaching/education program. He had to face the reality that he would finish the college degree and not be where he wanted to be. He persevered and continued his education to get his degree. So if you are in that boat, know that it is OK - it is not an ending. Everyone gets to teach differently. Chris shared that he was excited to continue his education and pursue his degree. If you have the success you envisioned for yourself, don't waste your opportunity, and don't take it for granted. Be there and be present; put your all into it.
Working and going back to school?
Focus on your priorities - student teaching comes first
Be present during student teaching and school experience
Give your best wherever you are
Carve out time to work on projects, grading, and lesson planning
Be a human - have a life and take care of yourself too!
Try to get into schools and classrooms as much as you can
Human element in education
Be a person - nobody is perfect. We are all better together.
Be amongst your students and peers and connect with people
Show that you care about them beyond being a student in your class
Support and prepare students
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Get out of the classroom
Invest in the school community and out of the classroom
When you can give, give - every little bit helps and counts
When there isn't an opportunity, make your own!
"Technology isn't difficult, just give it a try" - Chris Nesi
Try something new
It's ok to mess up and fail
Be better together!
Show up and try for your students; expose them to new things
Ask students for help
More than one way to accomplish different skills with students. Don't forget to try collaboration, creativity, communication, and critical thinking!
The effective educator is the reflective educator