Teaching class is a lot more intricate than simply opening a classroom door and introducing yourself. If you have ever decided to go about teaching class as a substitute or even as a brand new teacher at a local school, you know that the first day opening that door also opens the door to a gauntlet of power struggles, attitudes, and a need for savvy and finesse in handling budding adults who are not quite certain how to act.
Do you have what it takes to be teaching class? If you want to find out what teaching class requires, you could just log on to your local teacher’s union or school district website and find out what the educational requirements are. This will prepare you for getting hired on with the school district but it will not truly prepare you for the actual teaching experience.
Truly understanding how to become a great teacher requires an innate understanding of what makes the age group you are teaching tick. In addition, however, learn about the age groups just above and just below your target students and you will be a step ahead of the rest of the candidates. Next, be wise and add psychology to your list of electives.
Teaching class may be curriculum driven, but results are only achieved when you can get a room full of students to follow you to where you are trying to lead them. With new and more goal oriented and test driven performance reviews for teachers, you will be wise to beef up on your leadership qualities, and thus psychology will be a most valuable elective or, if possible, college minor. Consider that when dealing with the students at some point you may also need to deal with parents, and before long you cannot help but thank your lucky stars for having chosen studies in the workings of the mind to add to your teaching credential work.