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. As it turns out, passion and subject matter expertise can carry a new instructor pretty far, but I found myself wishing I'd had some formal training. 

As I faced different challenges within my classrooms, I became curious to learn how other teachers facilitate their lessons - and what I could do to improve. This class I'm taking offers 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, making new paths with my own footprints from time to time as I grow in knowledge and confidence. So glad I took this LEAP, and can't wait to see how the class unfolds. 

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