A Message for New Student Teachers: Stay Positive // Emily Carman

| September 13, 2010

We asked Emily Carman, a tenth-grade English teacher who recently completed the M.A. program in the Teaching of English at TC, to offer some words of wisdom for new student teachers. Her advice: stay postive.

One of the many things that attracted me to teaching is that it is a dynamic profession that requires constant reevaluation.  Lesson plans are never really finished because what works well in one class may be disastrous in the other, and what was seemingly brilliant on paper may fall flat and simply not work with students.  I have had many moments of doubt and insecurity after failed lessons, and, as a phase one student teacher, I had a tendency to focus on the negative aspects while overlooking my successes. So, my message to you is to remain positive, learn from your successes and your mistakes, and reflect on your experiences because they all have meaningful lessons embedded in them. Remember that you are not alone in this and take advantage of the resources TC has to offer. Get to know your professors (all of whom are experienced educators), talk through your frustrations and disappointments, as well as your victories, with your peers (some of whom will one day be your colleagues), and attend as many workshops and lectures as you can (it’s never too early to start professional development).  I wish you the best of luck as you begin your journey as a teacher.