Prac-E is very excited to collaborate with Miss S Clark, and bring you another teacher interview.
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4th year pre service teacher👩🏼🎓 Early childhood & Primary. 👩🏫 Victoria, Australia. All views and opinions expressed are my own 📚
How many years into your teaching career are you?
I am a pre-service teacher who is in their final year of study (finally!). It’s been a long journey, but I am so excited to be on the home straight!
What was the #1 thing you worried about being a teacher, before you started?
I think I worry about being the best possible teacher I can be and giving equal attention to all students in the classroom. Trying to provide the best resources to assist all students with their learning and the different levels that they work at.
How did you overcome that fear?
I think a lot to do with teaching and life is knowing that you are doing the best you can, and you can’t ask for anymore.
What thing about teaching do you think University didn’t prepare you for?
I think you learn a lot more out on prac. On prac you get to see classroom management in action, attend staff meetings, look at the 1000 other things that teachers must do rather than just teaching in the classroom. It is a real eye- opener but I love prac. Prac is invaluable, you get to put some theory into practice.
Do you think student teachers have it easy?
I don’t, but I also think student teachers have some great resources. My university for example provides us with a university mentor. Mentor teachers at schools are fantastic, I take my hat off to them for giving up their time to assist student teachers with everything else they have on their plate. It is challenging to be a student teacher, but it is extremely rewarding at the same time particularly when you trial something in the classroom and it’s a success!
What does it take to be a great teacher?
The things that come to mind- resilience, courage, determination and having humor. I think you must realise that you won’t always have fantastic days, but there is something good in every day and it’s important to make note of that. Sometimes you truly have to laugh, or you will cry. Trying new things in the classroom, backing yourself is another important aspect of being a great teacher.
If you could give your first-year-Uni self one piece of advice, what would it be?
I would tell myself that it’s so important to know that it will be a long road ahead but to keep persisting.
What teaching skill do you think you will never perfect?
I don’t think classroom management is ever perfect and something you do have to continue to experiment with to discover what works best/and what isn’t working. I think you are doing well if you find a system that works for you and your students.
What is your biggest strength as a teacher?
Compassion, I like to think I am a compassionate person who will take the time to have a chat to everyone.
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