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Creating a Community in the Classroom

In many of my education classes, my professors emphasized the importance of creating a community in the classroom. Until starting school with the students this year, I’ve never really seen that in action. I visited classrooms where it’s clear that a community exists, but I didn’t know how that community was created. A good classroom…

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My Transition From the Office to a Classroom

I’ve now been in the classroom for about two weeks, and I couldn’t be happier. Any anxiousness about quitting my paid office job for a semester of unpaid student teaching disappeared after my first day. I know I’ve made the right decision, and it feels nice to finally be doing what I’ve been working for….

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Taking Teacher Licensure Exams

Most states require master’s of education students to pass a series of exams before they can become licensed teachers. Depending on the state, the exams range in number and difficulty level but are a major part of becoming an educator. To be licensed as an elementary education teacher, I had to pass five exams. The…

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Completing Field Experience Hours While Working Full Time

Most teacher licensure master’s programs require students to complete field experience hours. During this time, students are expected to observe experienced teachers in the classroom and practice implementing lessons on their own. Depending on the course, you could be required to do 10 to 25 hours of field experience. For career changers who are working…

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How to Balance a Job While Learning to be a Teacher

Just because I decided to change careers and become a teacher didn’t mean I could do it right away. It would take at least two years for me to complete a graduate teaching program, and I couldn’t afford to not work in the meantime. Without my degree and teaching license, I wouldn’t be eligible for…

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Why I Decided to Change Careers and Become a Teacher

The first time I thought about becoming a teacher was four years ago. It was a hot August afternoon and I had taken the day off from work to help my best friend move into her new classroom. As we slowly sifted through piles of markers, math games, art supplies, and books, I thought about…

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