I Will Be An Elementary School Teacher, This I Know

I Will Be An Elementary School Teacher, This I Know

Each day, teachers should have a positive influence on a child's life.

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As I think about all of my years as a student in the education system, my most memorable and fun moments came from elementary school. The friendships I made, all of the laughs at the lunch table, field trips, holiday parties, birthday parties, remembering the class clowns, and most of all, the teachers who made a tremendous impact on me.

Here at Bowling Green State University, I am currently majoring in inclusive early childhood education. I believe that it is so important to include all students in the classroom — whether they have an intellectual disability, physical disability, or is just the "typical" student. I can remember back when I was in elementary school, and the students who had any kind of disability were pulled out of the classroom. To my knowledge, I now know that they were taken to a different room with an intervention specialist. They worked with them separately on the curriculum, so that they would have a "better" understanding. You might wonder why I said "better" like so. https://www.bgsu.edu/education-and-human-development/school-of-teaching-and-learning/inclusive-early-childhood-education.html

I believe that as a future educator, I can give ALL of my students the tools they need to succeed in the classroom. To not have them segregated and to learn among their peers all together. For the ones that are having a hard time in the classroom, I know that it is a possibility that I would need to take some of the lessons at a slower pace or make modifications if need be. That'd be part of my job as a teacher — to put in the extra effort at all times. Every student is capable of learning the same curriculum. With the right resources, it can be taught just a bit differently for those that need it.

I have found through my field experiences at Crim Elementary School in Bowling Green, Ohio, that each student can learn off of one another by brainstorming all kinds of ideas and sharing different strategies. As a future educator, I will be including ALL students in my classroom, allowing them to collaborate with one another.

I want to become a teacher because I also would like to fight against standardized testing. Take it from me. I was NOT a good test taker when I was younger. When it comes to standardized testing, I knew that I had to reach a certain score to pass. It made me feel like I would be considered a failure if I didn't reach that required number. I think that standardized testing puts a lot of pressure on young students that I don't find it necessary. I feel this way because students learn in all sorts of ways. For example, a child can know and understand the curriculum in its' entirety by verbally talking about it, rather than writing it down in paragraph form on a test. Similarly, a student might score higher on a multiple-choice test instead of all extended response.

I feel that sometimes our education system makes students feel less capable of passing by setting extremely high expectations at times. A student can get an "A" in a class, but then not pass the state test. In response, the state says, "he/she doesn't understand the curriculum," when in fact, they do, and it's just not up to the "state's standards." Overall, I believe that standardized testing should be abolished. Children like to learn in creative ways — especially through art and music. Sitting down and taking a state exam each year can be overwhelming for some.

I love children and I enjoy watching them discover and learn. One day, I want to be the kind of teacher that makes learning fun. I want the parents of my students to appreciate their child's success and how much their knowledge is growing. I want to make sure that each parent/guardian is included in the classroom with weekly updates so that they fully grasp what is going on in the classroom.

Additionally, for them to feel free to contact me if they are concerned about their child's progress. My goal is to be the kind of teacher that praises my students for their accomplishments and encourages them to keep trying when they are struggling. I don't want any of my students to feel as if they are not good enough. I want to constantly uplift them and remind them that they can come to me and talk about anything, if they are comfortable to do so.

One of my professors this semester mentioned something this week in class that really caught my attention. She said, "A job is just a place you go each day so that you can get a paycheck. A career is something that you are passionate about." I plan on entering the wonderful CAREER of an elementary school teacher.

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10 Things Someone Who Grew Up In A Private School Knows

The 10 things that every private school-goer knows all too well.

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1. Uniforms

Plaid. The one thing that every private school-goer knows all too well. It was made into jumpers, skirts, shorts, scouts, hair ties, basically anything you could imagine, the school plaid was made into. You had many different options on what to wear on a normal day, but you always dreaded dress uniform day because of skirts and ballet flats. But it made waking up late for school a whole lot easier.

2. New people were a big deal

New people weren't a big thing. Maybe one or two a year to a grade, but after freshman year no one new really showed up, making the new kid a big deal.

3. You've been to school with most of your class since Kindergarten


Most of your graduating class has been together since Kindergarten, maybe even preschool, if your school has it. They've become part of your family, and you can honestly say you've grown up with your best friends.

4. You've had the same teachers over and over

Having the same teacher two or three years in a row isn't a real surprise. They know what you are capable of and push you to do your best.

5. Everyone knows everybody. Especially everyone's business.

Your graduating class doesn't exceed 150. You know everyone in your grade and most likely everyone in the high school. Because of this, gossip spreads like wildfire. So everyone knows what's going on 10 minutes after it happens.

6. Your hair color was a big deal

If it's not a natural hair color, then forget about it. No dyeing your hair hot pink or blue or you could expect a phone call to your parents saying you have to get rid of it ASAP.

7. Your school isn't like "Gossip Girl"

There is no eating off campus for lunch or casually using your cell phone in class. Teachers are more strict and you can't skip class or just walk right off of campus.

8. Sports are a big deal

Your school is the best of the best at most sports. The teams normally go to the state championships. The rest of the school that doesn't play sports attends the games to cheer on the teams.

9. Boys had to be clean-shaven, and hair had to be cut

If you came to school and your hair was not cut or your beard was not shaved, you were written up and made to go in the bathroom and shave or have the head of discipline cut your hair. Basically, if you know you're getting written up for hair, it's best just to check out and go get a hair cut.

10. Free dress days were like a fashion show

Wearing a school uniform every day can really drive you mad. That free dress day once a month is what you lived for. It was basically a fashion show for everyone, except for those upperclassmen who were over everything and just wore sweat pants.

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22 Things Parents Should Send Their Children At College, If They Love And Miss Them

We're getting to that point in the semester, y'all.

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Even though college students are just a little over a month into the spring semester, we are already feeling high amounts of stress over tests and papers. Nobody said college was going to be easy, and this statement is ringing truer and truer each day. So, to the parents, grandparents, or anybody else who loves us and cares about our well being, here are 22 things you should send us if you love and miss our presence.

1. Gift cards to the local grocery store. 

Preferably Walmart or Food Lion, since that's all we have here in Farmville, VA.

2. Room decor from the Target dollar section. 

Or anything from Target, for that matter. Some college towns don't have one of these glorious establishments, and we are experiencing withdrawals.

3. School supplies. 

You can never have too many sticky notes or colored pens.

4. Mints. 

Because some people need it after lunch, and gum is disgusting.

5. A cozy blanket. 

For those cold nights spent in the library until 2 in the morning.

6. A handwritten letter. 

These are one of my favorite things to get in the mail, and there is always something so sentimental about snail mail.

7. A giant box of fruit snacks...

Definitely one of my favorite grab and go snacks.

8. ... Or candy, in general. 

Preferably, gummies. But, I won't refuse chocolate candy either.

9. Cash. 

For those late night Taco Bell runs, or just to make us feel a little bit better about ourselves.

10.  A funny movie/DVD. 

There's something so simple and serene about watching a funny movie on a DVD player that brings us back to the less stressful times of our childhood.

11.  Hot chocolate mix. 

I always get random cravings for hot chocolate, but it's never enough to make me want to go buy a box of mix.

12.  Starbucks/Dunkin Donuts gift cards. 

Because the majority of our lives revolve around coffee, and sometimes our Keurigs just don't cut it.

13.  Peanut butter crackers. 

These are so quick and easy to eat between classes (or if you're like me, IN class).

14.  Scent diffuser. 

This can be even better if you send a scent that reminds us of home.

15.  Hair ties. 

For some reason, I only own about five at a time because I am always losing these!

16.  Homemade cookies/brownies. 

These always make me so happy knowing my mom took time out of her busy day to think of me and bake yummy treats.

17.  Gift cards for our favorite online shopping stores. 

What better way to relieve stress than buy clothes you don't need?

18.  Nail polish. 

You can never have too many bottles of the same shade of pink.

19.  Mug warmer. 

These help keep your cup of coffee warm for long periods of time so you don't end up wasting such a sacred drink.

20.  Lysol wipes/hand sanitizer. 

I go both of these things at an alarming rate because some places are just plain disgusting.

21.  Band-aids. 

No one ever really thinks of buying these, but they work for so many more reasons than their typical use.

22.  iTunes gift card. 

For all those "educational apps" our professors tell us to buy. *wink wink*

Every college student loves getting a care package in the mail, so if you really love and miss us, please send one our way!

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