Sunday, February 11, 2018

The New Student

Last week, I attended the first class for the Adjunct Certification program I signed up for at the college where I teach. I entered the classroom feeling nervous and curious. I left feeling inspired and energized. 

Elie Wiesel once said:
I love the idea of walking in the footsteps of those who've gone before me, especially in the teaching arena. Prior to my first semester of teaching two years ago, I hadn't stepped foot in a classroom in more than a decade - and never as an instructor. I had no formal training whatsoever on how to teach my classes effectively, but I had almost enough passion and subject matter expertise to figure it all out. 

Still, as I have faced different challenges within my classrooms, I have found myself more and more curious to learn how other teachers facilitate their lessons. This class I'm taking is offering just that: a chance to learn from the instructor and my peers, and to be introduced to materials I wouldn't otherwise have the slightest idea of how to search for. For a time, I will walk in the footsteps of those who have gone before me, and as I begin to feel more confident with my skills, I will venture out on my own path, making new footprints.

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