10 Things No One Tells You About Being A Teaching Assistant

10 Things No One Tells You About Being A Teaching Assistant

High school is so fetch.

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I love Baylor's School of Education program.

As students, we have the opportunity to work in local schools during each year of college.

Two weeks ago, I began my first semester as an official Teaching Associate at University High School! I was placed with a great pre-AP class of sophomore English students, and my mentor teacher is incredibly kind and knowledgeable.

In my Teacher Education class, we learn the basics about effectively communicating instructions, wait time, asking higher level questions, and lesson planning.

But here's what the classes DON'T tell you.

1. High schoolers don't have a filter. 

While you may think, "Yeah, I knew that!" Wait! Because you would not believe the jokes and comments I heard during my first three days.

2. Crazy, loud music plays every hour. 

At University High School, an obnoxious, heavy song blasts through the speakers during the last 30 seconds of passing period. Students will RUN as if their life depends on it, and I don't blame them.

That music works like a charm, but I am so, SO over it.

3. You WILL jump right in. 

On my first day, the substitute teacher allowed me to introduce myself and then asked me to make a key for the quiz they were taking. Talk about PRESSURE! Honestly though, if I couldn't have aced that quiz, I didn't deserve to be there. I held my own just fine.

4. You're always one step ahead. 

My class is preparing to read "The Glass Menagerie," so I took the play home and read it overnight (in addition to all of my other English class readings). But hey, you can NEVER read too much! I'm loving everything I'm reading, anyway :)

5. Time moves 1,000,000,000 times faster during class. 

Where did all the time go? I planned so many engaging activities and we only had time for ONE? What? Yes, I definitely need to make my watch and my alarm my new best friends. I'm working on it.

6. It's highly likely you'll oversleep... and then have car troubles. 

I have NEVER, EVER overslept or unintentionally missed a class. The night before my second day at University High, I accidentally set my alarm to ring at 7 p.m., NOT a.m. Lucky me. By God's goodness, I woke up at 7:52 that morning and dashed out the door only to find a strange new symbol projecting on my car's screen. The beeping wouldn't stop so I had to pull over, call my dad, read through the manual when he didn't answer, and then I was able to fix the problem (not brave enough to admit what the "problem" was because it's really too embarrassing).

7. Your new ID card picture will not be your favorite thing ever. 

But it's not like you have to wear your ID card every day. Oh wait. Yikes.

8. Every day is an adventure! 

Even if you have planned an entirely perfect lesson plan, things are bound to rock your world. Get ready for a wild ride!

9. It's do or die. 

Many mentor teachers (including mine) will hand you their presentation clicker and ask you to teach without any forewarning. As scary as it may sound, I'm learning and thoroughly loving this somewhat spontaneous teaching!

10. Your height is apparently of great interest to high schoolers. 

Well, OK, so this one just applies to me, haha. In third period, an outspoken girl asked how tall I was after my introduction. I was somewhat glad she asked! I made a joke out of it and still established my place as a TA in the class.

I'm only beginning my third week as a TA now, but I could not be more confident in my choice to become an English teacher. At last, I'm able to see my lesson plans come to life, and I am one step closer to making a positive difference in my students' lives!

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50 Things to Do When You're Bored and Completely Alone

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For people like me, spring break is a time where you come home and have absolutely nothing to do. You're parents work all day and you're either sibling-less or your siblings have already moved out. Most of your friends are on the semester system, so your breaks don't line up. You're bored and completely alone.

Although while being alone sounds boring, sometimes it's nice to just hang out with yourself. There is a plethora of unique and creative things you can do. Netflix marathon? That's overdone. Doing something productive or worthwhile? You do enough of that in school anyway. Whatever the reason is for you being alone, I have assembled a list of unique things to do to cure your boredom.

SEE ALSO: 50 Things To Do Instead of Finishing Your Homework

  1. Have a solo dance party.
  2. Teach yourself how to do an Australian accent (or any accent for that matter).
  3. Learn how to play harmonica (or any instrument for that matter).
  4. Buy an at home workout DVD.
  5. Bake a cake (and eat the whole thing for yourself).
  6. Take a rollaway chair and ride it down the driveway.
  7. Paint a self-portrait.
  8. Plant some flowers in your backyard.
  9. Become a master at air-guitar.
  10. Perform a concert (just for yourself).
  11. Write a novel.
  12. Become an expert on quantum mechanics.
  13. Give yourself a new hairdo.
  14. Knit a sweater (if you don't know how, learn).
  15. Make a bunch of origami paper cranes and decorate your house with them.
  16. Make homemade popsicles.
  17. Reorganize your entire closet.
  18. Put together a funky new outfit.
  19. Make a short film.
  20. Try to hold a handstand for as long as possible.
  21. Memorize the lyrics to all of your favorite songs.
  22. Create a website.
  23. Go on Club Penguin and troll a bunch of children.
  24. Become your favorite fictional character.
  25. Become your favorite animal.
  26. Practice your autograph for when you become famous.
  27. Create a magical potion.
  28. Learn a few spells.
  29. Learn how to become a Jedi.
  30. Put the TV on mute and overdub it with your own voice.
  31. Make paper hats with old newspapers.
  32. Become a master at jump roping tricks.
  33. Create music playlists based on random things, like colors.
  34. Find a chunk of wood and carve something out of it.
  35. Find something that doesn't have a Wikipedia page and create one for it.
  36. Create a full course meal based on whatever's in your kitchen.
  37. Teach your pet a new trick.
  38. Take a bunch of artsy photographs.
  39. Make a scrapbook.
  40. Learn a bunch of new words and incorporate them into your speech.
  41. Try to draw the most perfect circle without using a compass.
  42. Make your own board game.
  43. Memorize some poetry well enough so you can recite it.
  44. Build a fleet of sailboats and float them in your bathtub/pool.
  45. Write a song.
  46. Practice picking locks.
  47. Make a drum kit out of random household items and play it.
  48. Draw a tattoo on yourself.
  49. Give yourself a new piercing.
  50. Figure out the meaning of life.
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High School Seniors Should Be Excited For College, Not Scared

Even though it seems stressful and it is a big new place, it will be some of the best memories you will have for life.

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Going into the summer after my high school graduation, all I could think about was college, and how I was going to prepare to go to a new school and move away from home. Just know, it is not as stressful as you prepare yourself for it to be. You don't need to worry about not having any friends or not knowing how to get to all the different buildings because you have to remember everyone else on campus has been in the exact same position you are in, and there are tons of people on campus to help you.

One of the things I was most worried about was classes and how to know which classes to take. My advice is to go to counseling and plan out your classes before you register. Planning out classes will drastically help you stay on track and the counselors will help you make a balanced schedule that you can actually handle.

Another piece of advice would be to not bring as much stuff for your dorm as you think you will need. By all means, bring the essential things that you will need, but remember a dorm room is very small and you share it with another person. You won't have a ton of space for extra stuff and you want to have space to move around and actually live in your dorm.

Finally, if you are concerned about meeting people and making friends, just try and be as outgoing and open as possible. Everyone else in the dorms is just as nervous as you are too meet people, it really helps to try to branch out. Joining clubs or greek life also helps you meet people around campus with common interests as you.

College is not something to be scared of. Even though it seems stressful and it is a big new place, it will be some of the best memories you will have for life.

Cassidy
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