Communicating as a Teacher

Communicating as a Teacher

Teaching by no means is an easy job. Takes a lot of time and effort to help your students and plan lessons to teach them. Teachers are thought to have it easy job and that’s a big misconception. Teachers do a lot more than what is portrayed by others. The path to becoming a teacher is not an easy one either. They do a good majority of their work on their own time.  Communicating clearly and effectively to students, parents and co-workers in all aspects of communicating will be shown in the article and the hard work that is done by teachers.

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Fig. 1 Robin Williams acting as a teacher, Mr. Keating, inspiring a group of young men. “Dead Poets Society. Dir. Peter Weir. Perf. Robin Wiliams, Ethan Hawke, Josh Charles. Touchstones Pictures. 1989. Film.”

Here at Stockton there are certain requirements that need to be met to become a teacher. There are a few different ways to become one. After taking required classes’ freshman and sophomore year and passing them that’s when the teaching part comes into play. During junior and senior year comes student teaching that is needed to help prepare you for teaching. There are other opportunities at Stockton to join clubs and get experience working with others and teach others; there is an education club to join, there are service learning classes to give you experience and there is another club that goes to a prison to help out prisoners earn their GEDs and you tutor them. There are many opportunities for Stockton students to take advantage of. Throughout the time of concentrating in education, students need to have at least a 3.0 grade point average (GPA/Praxis Test Score Flexibility Rules). Students also are majoring in another subject and it could be any subject you want. There are certifications that are needed to be passed to become a teacher; there are two different certifications that one can get to become teacher certified, here is a hyperlink for further explanation http://www.nj.gov/education/educators/license/teacher/. There is a test called the praxis that you have to pass to become a teacher and there are two parts to; the first exam focuses on general knowledge and the second part focuses on your field of study (GPA/Praxis Test Score Flexibility Rules). If students stay on track and pass their classes then the student would be able to get their bachelors degree in there major and teaching in about 4 years. From my own knowledge and talking to family members who are teachers throughout the last few years told me to not go to grad school until after I get tenure. “Teacher tenure, which is sometimes called career status, provides job security for teachers who have successfully completed a probationary period. The purpose is to protect outstanding teachers from being fired for non-educational issues including personal beliefs, personality conflicts with administrators or school board members, etc. To be considered a teacher with tenure, you must teach at the same school for three consecutive years with satisfactory performance (Meador, Derek).” What some schools do base on where you teach will also pay for your grad school. Once becoming a teaching there is training to be done and an elementary school teacher I interviewed, Eric Ruiz, said, “We have frequent training. We have school in-services, where an outside source comes into our building to talk to us about a particular education-related topic. We are also required to complete Professional Development trainings (Ruiz).” There are different paths to take to become a teacher and will have to work hard for each one and will still have to work hard once getting a job. The hard work for a teacher is all worth it when you can make a change for the better in student’s life academically, socially and behaviorally. Being a teacher takes a lot of passion, it is something that you really want to do to be successful, the pay and work that come along with the job may not compare; but that’s why teachers need to have a passion for their job. The average salary for an elementary school teacher in New Jersey is $54,120(Occupational Employment Statistics). Teaching takes a lot to become one and takes a lot of hard work and dedication.

Communicating verbally is very crucial to becoming a teacher. To be able to speak clearly to their audience is a very important skill to have. Teachers speak all day whether helping students, teaching lessons or even just having a conversation in general. Speaking to teachers, parents, students and others is all different. Talking to all of them you have to speak to them respectfully. However, talking to each one is significantly different as to the vocabulary that is used. “When speaking to the students some students may understand and some don’t so there has to be others ways teachers can get across what they are trying to say.  All students learn differently” (Ruiz). Therefore teachers have to be able to teach differently to accommodate each student. It is important for students to be able to understand and know what their teacher is saying.

An ethical principle that places greatest value on hard work and diligence is work ethic (thefreedictionary.com). There is a lot of work that is done by a teacher. There are constant emails each day and having to respond to each in a appropriate time. When there is no class there is work that teachers are able to get done during that time such as, lesson plans, grading papers and writing done in class. It may not seem like a lot but actually it’s very time consuming (Ruiz). Being able to time manage is very important to being organized and getting as much work done as possible. When in class and writing there is a lot of meaning to the words, Mr. Ruiz said, “how the teacher writes, that is the standard for the students” (Ruiz). The students learn from the teaching and is there job to do what it is to help their parents.

Writing is difficult for some but is needed for teaching. Writing is essential to becoming a teacher. Most classes taken in college are all going to have some kind of writing whether it’s long or short papers (Ruiz). According to Cindy O’Donnell-Allen she wrote, “I wrote answers to the study questions at the end of the chapter and learned how to nail the five-paragraph essay my junior year in high school. (I haven’t been asked to write another one since, even in college.) (O’Donnell-Allen).” There are many different types of way of writing and need to know the different ways.  Writing has to be very clear for teachers so all audiences can understand what they are saying and not have any misunderstandings. In Cindy O’Donnell-Allen’s opinion, “The best writing teachers are writers themselves (The best writing teachers are writers themselves).” Cindy O’Donnell-Allen is not alone on this opinion of hers as David Cutler, a high school teacher, believes “to teach effective writing, we must be effective writers ourselves” (Cutler). Your writing is not only just seen by your students as well as your supervisor, who you show your lesson plan and Eric Ruiz says, “Your writing in your lesson plans reflects your teaching (Ruiz).” Not only does your writing set the standard for the students but also shows your teaching to the man in charge of you.

Getting a better understanding of teacher hopefully debunks the misconception that teaching is an easy job. Teaching is a very time consuming job, but very satisfying knowing you are helping students becoming a better and smarter version of themselves. Hopefully this article shows that all aspects of communication are used all throughout teaching and takes a lot of work as well.

Works Cited

Eligibility Requirements. The School of Education. November 10, 2015. http://intraweb.stockton.edu/eyos/page.cfm?siteID=84&pageID=10

Certification and Induction. State of New Jersey Department of Education. November 10, 2015. http://www.state.nj.us/education/educators/license/teacher/

O”Donnell- Allen, Cindy. The Best Writing Teachers Are Writers Themselves. The Atlantic. September 26, 2012. November 15, 2015. http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2012/09/the-best-writing-teachers-are-writers-themselves/262858/

Ruiz, Eric. “Teaching.” E-mail interview. 11 Nov. 2015.

Meador, Derek. What Is Teacher Tenure?. About Teaching. November 18, 2015. http://teaching.about.com/od/pd/a/Teacher-Tenure.htm

Occupational Employment Statistics. Bureau of Labor Statistics. March 25, 2015. November 10, 2015. http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes252021.htm

The Free Dictionary. November 12, 2015. http://www.thefreedictionary.com/work+ethic

Cutler, David. To Teach Effective Writing, Model Effective Writing. Edutopia.com. June 10, 2014. November 10, 2015. http://www.edutopia.org/blog/teach-and-model-effective-writing-david-cutler