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Learning How to Teach

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After I finish my bachelor's I'm thinking about joining the Peace Corps. I am very good at explaining the knowledge I have and how it is all interconnected, so I think I might be a good teacher - probably a very good teacher but just an ordinary programmer.

Anyway, I don't think I have the cash to take extra education courses but I want to see if I'm cut out for teaching. Any suggestions? I was thinking I could be an SAT prep teacher. Anybody have experience doing that? I brought up my own score from just over 2000 to 2250 at max ... mainly from studying to bring up my math score (which I am proud to say I increased by 160 points - mainly because I went from being disinterested and unmotivated in the subject to motivated).
 

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Formally teaching is about identifying objectives and designing a lesson plan to reach the objective. You also want to pick some assessment activity along the way to find if your instruction is working; and make an assessment activity at the end of a lesson to find if the lesson did or did not work. The meaning of "objective" is, "what do you want your students to understand and be able to do".
 
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I was thinking I could be an SAT prep teacher.
Where? On your own or under your own business entity?

If you wish to be employed by another entity as such, then most, if not all, of them want you to have some sort of teaching certification. Don't believe me? Look in Indeed.com.

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Where? On your own or under your own business entity?

If you wish to be employed by another entity as such, then most, if not all, of them want you to have some sort of teaching certification. Don't believe me? Look in Indeed.com.

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Yeah that's what my dad told me after I tried applying for such a position.
 
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After I finish my bachelor's I'm thinking about joining the Peace Corps. I am very good at explaining the knowledge I have and how it is all interconnected, so I think I might be a good teacher - probably a very good teacher but just an ordinary programmer.

Anyway, I don't think I have the cash to take extra education courses but I want to see if I'm cut out for teaching. Any suggestions? I was thinking I could be an SAT prep teacher. Anybody have experience doing that? I brought up my own score from just over 2000 to 2250 at max ... mainly from studying to bring up my math score (which I am proud to say I increased by 160 points - mainly because I went from being disinterested and unmotivated in the subject to motivated).
A few ideas:

  • Formal teacher-certification program, from an education department at your or other university
  • Find or try finding a job as a tutor - Math, Sciences, or whatever you best understand and can teach or believe you could teach
  • Enter a community-based volunteer tutor program for Literacy, E.S.L., or Basic Math/Arithmetic (in which you would likely be trained, first)
 
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I recommend the advice of Rabbi Hillel: "a shy man cannot learn and an impatient man cannot teach." so learn patience. to repeat, many of us think we can explain things clearly, but then we don't know what to do when a student still does not get it, even after the most meticulous explanation.
 
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A website has just come to my attention that perhaps all teachers should check out. It is by Norman Eng. Author of "Teaching College". and asst. professor of childhood education at the City University of New York. http://normaneng.org/

His blog gives many interesting suggestions and strategies for successful teaching at all levels.especially for today's students.

Here in a interview of Norman Eng .http://teachlikeachampion.com/blog/teaching-college-interview-norman-eng/
 
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After I finish my bachelor's I'm thinking about joining the Peace Corps. I am very good at explaining the knowledge I have and how it is all interconnected, so I think I might be a good teacher - probably a very good teacher but just an ordinary programmer.

Anyway, I don't think I have the cash to take extra education courses but I want to see if I'm cut out for teaching. Any suggestions? I was thinking I could be an SAT prep teacher. Anybody have experience doing that? I brought up my own score from just over 2000 to 2250 at max ... mainly from studying to bring up my math score (which I am proud to say I increased by 160 points - mainly because I went from being disinterested and unmotivated in the subject to motivated).
What helped me a lot in regards to being a better communicator of information was something called SI Program.
What SI stands for is Supplementary Instruction. Most major universities have an SI program on campus. I would give more info but I am too lazy to do so. But make a quick google.

My school payed me 20 bucks and hour plus free class. So it can be a better financial decision than Peace Corps.
 

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