How can college better prepare education majors for the realities of the classroom?

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Tell the truth. The hours are long, student loans must be repaid (with interest) and 4 more years of classes before professional license is earned. Because mentoring program is another four years to report to someone else. It should go back to the Praxis exams and be done in one year. The schools (colleges/universities) want our money, but do nothing to help students with paid placement after graduation. I was stuck in the "Good Substitute" loop for seven years with no loan forgiveness because you have to have administration confirm you have a job first. It's crazy! I love teaching, but I wish I had known all this first because there are too many hoops to jump through for such low pay to begin with. This is my 13th year with a license, but only in year 2 of the mentoring program. Crazy! Still no loan forgiveness because it still hasn't been 5 years at an approved school. More transparency would be nice to know what is a head if you substitute instead of a contract.

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I agree. People need to know what they are getting into financially and timewise. The truth would be helpful.

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Reading instruction. Not just literature circles. How to read. Even at the secondary level.

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Tell HS teachers to specialize more. Lots of science guys get general science and their depth of info is too shallow to teach higher level classes. In math, at least here in tx, seems most have a b.a. in math education or some variation like that. Knowing wtf you are teaching needs to come first.

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At least a couple intensive special ed, especially behavioral, classes should be required in a general ed program. I’ve seen kids in gen ed settings whose parents refuse a more restrictive setting and the teachers aren’t prepared.

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They should throw you into it right away through a practicum before you actually take classes.

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This is true, actually. Get students into schools much earlier, offer work study opportunities in schools, require less lesson planning for cohort peers and more for school students, and place students in practicums much earlier.

Take advantage of your student teaching and subbing. Most hands on practice you’ll get. The credential program doesn’t give you a ton of advice on the little details of teaching, like grading, parent-teacher conferences, room decor, relationship building, and building that sense of community (or at least I felt mine didn’t. Especially for those first three). Your first year is a lot of trial and error, but know that you’ll do the best job you can do.

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I also think that having a resource for the best alcoholic beverages for the lowest prices would help too...🤣🤣🤣 Face it, you can never fully prepare for what or who walks through your door each day. I feel like more of a mom to a hundred than teacher to a few some days. I do, however, get the most hugs in campus by far. They know I care. If they dont know you care they won't care about what you know and are trying to give them.

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Having completed an alternative cert in a high needs school, I learned on the job. Honestly, that was the best way. I learned more just doing and getting advice from colleagues than from any college course. People who are considering teaching should look into the high needs subjects: science, math, ESL, etc. I also think every teacher should have specialized training in working with diverse popluations: ESL, special ed, minorities

Colleges are woefully short on teaching classroom management. Yet, it’s the area where young teachers suffer the most. Also, how to differentiate assignments so those with learning disabilities can be more successful in the regular classroom. (Sometimes we also have to be real in that not everyone wants an A; why not give regular students who just want to pass a straightforward path to a C?)

They could create courses that specifically expand on content that the teachers will actually have to teach. At my college, if you majored in History education you had to choose between European/African/Asian history and American/Australian history. When you major in the social sciences, you could possibly take classes that relate to nothing you’ll ever teach. As a result, many people don’t make it past the GACE or Praxis because they weren’t able to make firm connections between what they learned and the curriculum.

Colleges should do placement of education students in schools beginning at the latest during the first semester of their sophomore year. Get the Ed majors out in the trenches! Secondly, the colleges should bring in in-the-field teachers to discuss the challenges of education today—no holds barred talks about useless high stakes testing, dealing with IEP and Act 504 students, and other concerns. Lastly, high school teacherw

Let’s finish this...Lastly, high school science teachers as mentioned earlier by another FB poster should specialize in a particular discipline of science. In my state high science teachers need to be certified in particular disciplines, such as Biology, Physics, or Chemistry to legally teach such classes, to the chagrin of school administrators! (Believe me, the certification rules though are bent as much as possible by them....”emergency situations” are used to justify placement of uncertified science teachers in high level classes when it’s convenient to do so, and General Science certs exist for teaching courses that are less specific in nature, such as Physical or Natural Sciences). It’s nice when you have staff members with varying certifications, being able to assist one another when questions from outside of your field of expertise pop up.

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