Go The Extra Mile: Advice from a Teacher Intern

This post is part of a series on #summerPD for pre-service teachers. Maggie Darnell recently completed her student teaching internship and will be teaching seventh-grade English (plus an awesome-sounding enrichment course in Zombie Survival!) in the fall. In this interview, Maggie reflects on her experience and shares some advice for cooperating teachers and pre-service teachers.…

Advanced Methods: Where Do We Go From Here?

If you’re a Buffy fan–and I hope you are!–you can read this post while playing “Where Do We Go From Here?” Because I’m thoughtful like that. “Where do we go from here?” is the theme song for the end of all of my courses for pre-service teachers. By the end of the semester, we may achieve…

Being and Becoming

Last night, we had our final Methods class. I thought Mariah was kidding when she said one of her Methods classmates had been tapped to bring tissues to our last class. But nope. Kali brought a lovely holiday-themed box that she whipped out just in time to stem the teary tide. Nikki is outraged that I’m taking her photo while…

What If I’m Not a Good Teacher?

Today, I’m tackling another question posed by one of my Methods students: What if I am not a good teacher? What if I fail? Yes, I know, these are technically two questions, but they are related so they count as one. (My blog. My rules.) These are serious questions I have about my future as…