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For being a teacher, what experiences or classes would you highly recommend before you get a job?

I have wanted to be an elementary teacher my whole life (almost), so when it comes to getting a job I want to make sure I have really good experiences to make me an even better teacher. Are there experiences or classes that you wished you would have taken that would have helped you understand your students or other things that come up in the life of a teacher? #teaching #teacher #teacher-training


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Shelby’s Answer

Hello Mya! One course I would definitely recommend to take is something along the lines of adolescent development. It helped me understand students more as kids, because they are going through things that seem to just not make sense to adults. Their development is so intricate, as their brains and bodies mature at different paces. This course may help you gain a deeper understanding of your future students to give them more just treatment. Hope this helps!

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Jennifer’s Answer

Hi Mya!


I am so excited that teaching is a passion of yours. One thing that I did was become a substitute teacher while I was going to school. This did 3 things for me; 1) it gave me a little extra spending money 2) I was able to experience all the different grade levels and subjects being taught to really see what area I liked best and 3) it gave me an opportunity to network with other educators, principles and employees at the school.


Elementary grades 3 - 5 were my favorite!


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Elaine’s Answer

I agree with the answer already given to you. One other suggestion is to take a class or classes in special education. We have many students in school who are not qualified for special Ed but do have the same problems only to a lesser degree than those who qualify. This way you can observe and help students who have learning problems and adapt ways to have them learn and feel successful in your classroom. Good luck to you


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