Miss. Varney attended, Bowling Green State University. She received a Bachelor's Degree of Arts and Sciences: Middle Childhood Educations attached with Math and Science. She is licensed with 4-9 math, science, and reading.
During the interview, she listed more than enough advice for working in the classroom;
1. Classroom management workshops and seminars are extremely helpful. You want to have a lot of tricks up your sleeve because one year to the next and one student to the next can be so different. Even the different classes you have throughout the day will need you to manage differently. Courses specifically geared toward ways to teach your specific content are also very helpful. The more ideas and resources the better!
2. Having a positive attitude and willingness to work hard without giving up. It can be a VERY demanding and sometimes negative career, but it is SO rewarding in many ways. You have to be able to remember why you chose it and what the goal is. Keep an optimistic outlook. Organization is also very important. Even organized chaos is still organized.
3. Being kind and respect the opinions or ideas of others. Everyone has a way they like to do things, but no one has all the answers. You can’t be just for yourself. You have to be a team player. The people you work with will be your biggest support!
4. No one gets into teaching for the money. It’s about the kids. Keep their best interest at heart. A wise teacher once told me “take care of the kids and they’ll take care of you”. This doesn’t mean they will always listen and not drive you crazy, but they will definitely let you know they value you in their own way.
5. You learn a lot in college, or it’s at least a place to start. You get ideas, go through all of the getting your license hoops, gain resources, get out there in the classroom as a student teacher….. But the real learning begins when you are in your own classroom or in charge of a classroom. There is certainly a TON of experiential learning going on!
To begin with, she felt clueless of everything going on. It was almost a bit of a shock at first. There’s just so much that people outside of the education world don’t know. She wishes she would have had a more realistic idea of what being a teacher was like.
She wishes she could go back to subbing or tutoring. I know some teachers that stopped teaching in order to create educational resources or to teach future teachers at the college level.
I had to take the PRAXIS II exams in order to get my Resident Educator 4-year license. Then after completing the Resident Educator Program she was given my professional renewable license. Now. she has to get professional development hours, get more college credit hours, etc. in order to renew the license in five years. Some of these come through the school, but not enough. You have to find other seminars and PD events on your own.