My experiences and progress in the Albion College Teacher Education Program

Learner-teacher


Learner-teacher

I came into student teaching thinking I knew a lot about being a music educator, but I was not nearly as smart as I thought I was. There is a big difference between learning about something and actually doing it. I had learned about teaching 3rd and 4th grade general music classes, but never taught them before. So going into my first 3rd and 4th grade music classroom as the teacher was quite an eye opening experience. I saw immediately that I still had and have a lot to learn about teaching music. I know that teaching is a lifelong learning experience, but I had not idea just how much I have yet to learn. I am very open and eager to continue this learning process and better myself as an educator. I know that the more prepared and experienced I am, the better I will be able to teach and serve all my students. For example, I know now that if I want to keep up with a marching band and organize them for marching band festival, heels are a horrible idea! I could not march or run errands back to the buses quickly enough to meet student needs. This is something I had never even thought about before, or been told in any of my classes. I had to learn it from experience. By being open to the idea of always learning and growing as an educator, I will now be better prepared as an educator if I am ever the director in a program that goes to marching band festival.


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