The year that you are no longer a freshman, but it’s THE year: the year to get serious about your field. For many, sophomore year is the defining year. For example, Hannah Sansom was not even “officially” accepted into the education department until the end of sophomore year when prerequisites and GPAs were met. Sophomore year is the year to get down to business!
Observe, observe, observe. Become a sponge and soak it all in! What I mean by this is focusing on classes where you go out into classrooms and work with students. These courses are critical when it comes to teacher training. Friends don’t wait until you have a course with a field component to get out there and work with children to do it now (as long as you have all of your clearances). During your freshman year get out and observe in classes related to your area of concentration. Having these early experiences of observation and teaching mini-lessons can really help you to decide if teaching is right for you. Often times these learning experiences can confirm within your heart, yes I want to be an educator of excellence, or hmm maybe teaching isn’t for me - I need to explore this more. To learn more check out these resources:
So, how to take it all in, and what do I do with all that knowledge? Start by growing your PLN (professional learning network). These are your people that you turn to share resources, bounce ideas, and learn with. Read these two resources for more information:
The next step you must take as a sophomore is to get serious with your digital portfolio. This is the home of your trophy case for those preservice years. Remember that your digital portfolio is always in process and shows your progress in the area of education. Highlight your experiences, lessons, and professional development. Some colleges mandate students to build such a portfolio as a requirement of educational technology courses. Don’t panic if you are not required to do so! Digital portfolios do not have to be daunting!
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Engaging with your PLN and kickstarting your digital portfolio are two very important initiatives to take during this second year of college. Get your complete list of sophomore education major tips in the soon to be published EduMagic Planner. Sign up here to get all the details about its release. In the meantime, check out this podcast on Taking the Lead in Your Learning.
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