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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 |

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
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
  • You visit distinguished; you don't live there - just vacation there

  • Ask for feedback from peers

  • Invite others to visit your classroom

  • No dog and pony show. Plan a lesson and do what you do!

  • Enjoy every moment!

Thanks so much, ProfeHumes for the lovely 5-star review!
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