A teacher can be defined, simply, as one who teaches, specifically in a school. Personally, I think a teacher is much more than that. Things aren't always easy when you are growing up, and the people who helped me through a lot of the struggles of my youth were my teachers and educators. Being a teacher, or literally anyone who has any sort of control over a group of youth, can be a trying and difficult job, but as an aspiring instructor, I have found ways around these obstacles and I know that what's worth the prize is always worth the fight. There are many steps that must be taken in order to allow our youth to succeed and enjoy themselves while doing so. First and foremost, one must be able to keep the children not only entertained but interested in whatever it is that they're doing. While this may vary in age groups, children are easily persuaded, and if they don't think it's "cool," then they are not going to want to be involved. Second, you must be able to make the kids feel comfortable around you. Once they feel comfortable with you, they will be more willing to open up to you. This will enable them to let you know when they're struggling, what they're struggling with, ask questions, and even initiate a more active form of learning. Children need to know that they are cared about in order for them to allow themselves to become invested in anything. Next, keeping professionalism in mind, one must be able to have fun with their students. After all, they do learn from you. They watch, and they listen, and they copy. If a group of students see their instructor feeling miserable in a classroom, they are likely going to feel the same way, because that's just how they believe they are supposed to feel. They need to be able to see that the teacher needs the students just as much as the students need their teacher. Being a teacher means so many things. Teaches are responsible for helping students realize that they are more than just students; that they have worth, and that their lives, opinions and voices matter. Teachers are intended to provide students with personal experience and real world examples. Teachers should be someone for students to confide in, and encourage them to be their best versions of themselves. It is a teacher's job to show their students that their futures are worth something, and that it is crucial that they put in the time and effort necessary to achieve their goals, because they can do it- but not without the aid of a teacher. Though these obstacles may seem a bit demanding, I fight through them for a number of reasons. I do it for individuals that I have witnessed developing at a reduced rate because they did not experience that sort of involvement in the classroom.I do it for all the times that I was struggling and I wish I had someone there to help me. I do it for the a brighter tomorrow. I do it for my future as a teacher. I do it for the kids.
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It's supposed to be funny when someone says "I'm a broke college student" but I think it's stupid. Here's my unpopular opinion.
I've had a job since I was 16. My first day of work was the first weekend after I started my sophomore year of high school. It wasn't too difficult- I was literally only working on Saturdays and Sundays. The shifts were 4-7:30/8 pm on Saturdays and 11-2:30 on Sundays. I wasn't making a huge amount of money, but it paid for my gas money, and that was all I needed. So the first year I had my job, I was spending any extra money I had on food, movie tickets, and clothes.
Then reality hit when I knew I needed to start saving up for college. I started putting money into my savings account, and eventually I had built up enough money to buy a new old car. I know, it wasn't college tuition, but I needed it.
My first year living in the dorms, I figured out a system. I was putting $150 each week in a savings envelope, and each month I knew I had to pay $160 for my car payment. The rest of the money I made I put in envelopes for a new purse, clothes, vacation. I had a system going, and I didn't spend extra money on useless things unless I was rewarding myself. In case you can't do the math, that's at least $600 in my savings account each month, and most people can't figure out how to put away $100.
Now, as a sophomore in college, I watch people trickle into class with to-go food, to-go coffee, smoothies, and candy from gas stations or the shops on campus. Then I hear those same people complain about being "a broke college student." I'm sorry, but you're not a broke college student. You're a college student who pays for things you don't need, with money you have that you shouldn't be spending. You don't need to get Starbucks 3 times a day. You don't have to go to pitcher night at the local bar. You don't need to spend money on those things, but you do. And at the end of the month, you're broke, and begging your parents for money.
So, in my unpopular opinion, you're not a broke college student. You're a dumb one. Make a budget, give yourself some spending money, and stick to it. You'll thank me later.
1. Have a nice workspace/desk
I recently made this change and I feel 100% better.
2. Dress well
Personally, if I go to class looking like a bum, I feel like a bum. Dress for success!
3. Go to bed at the same time every night
Getting enough rest can really impact the rest of your day. Aim to get 7-9 solid hours of sleep each night this semester to avoid accidentally being grouchy at someone.
4. What am I doing for this upcoming week?
What are my goals this week? What’s going on this week? What do I need to work on for this week? If you go into your week blind, it never really works. I’ve done this before.
5. Don’t lose your class syllabi
This one paper has literally all of the due dates, test dates, readings and homework assignments on it. Make sure you always know where this paper is because you will be looking at it constantly, so don’t lose it.
6. Ask questions
If you’re in class and you have no idea what the professor is talking about ask, or email them! It’s good to ask questions because then your professor knows you care about their class so it’s a win-win situation. You ask questions plus the professor knows you care equals good grade in the class.
7. Take good notes
I can’t tell you how many times over the past semester I would look back at my notes and what I wrote didn’t make sense. Learn what type of learner you are to figure out how to take the best notes for yourself. I either write everything out by hand which takes forever (especially when the professor flies through the lecture) or I print out the notes and just write on those papers so I can actually listen to the lecture.
8. Get some homework done in between classes
In my schedule, I have a lot of time gaps in between classes just waiting around for my next class to start. Take advantage of this 30 minutes or 2-hour gap and work on some homework. You’ll thank yourself later.
9. Don't overload yourself
I’ve made a rule with myself to only do homework
Monday to Friday. That’s because if I work super hard during the week on my
work then I can have the weekends off as a mental break. There are a couple
exceptions to my rule like if I have a 5-page essay due Monday then yes, I’ll
work on it during the weekend or if I have tests coming up the next week then I’ll
10. Don't procrastinate
If you’re avoiding something, just get it done and
over with. If you have a really difficult
essay to write and then a bunch of easier assignments; start with the hard
assignment first to get it done. It’ll take the most time and then you’ll feel
relieved when you’re done with it.
11. Don't give up
The moment you’re ready to quit is usually the moment
right before the miracle happens.
Just keep going.