ERIC Number: EJ745166
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Ten Tips for Steering the Teaching Internship into a Real Career Starter
Brimi, Hunter M.
Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas, v79 n4 p164-169 Mar-Apr 2006
In this article, the author relates his own experiences as a beginning teacher. Like many hopefuls that began as student-teachers and interns, this author was tormented during the first weeks of his teaching career. For the first several weeks, the author found how he was completely out of element as a classroom teacher. Recalling other teachers' experiences and his own, the author offers 10 suggestions and advice to individuals hoping to become teachers. These tips include: (1) Accepting that one is human; (2) Observing good teachers, but one should develop his/her own style, too; (3) Remembering that schools do not exist so that teachers will have places to teach; (4) Being a professional; (5) Avoiding complaints and being wary of others who do not avoid it; (6) Getting to know people around the school such as the guidance counselors, special education teachers, office secretaries, librarians, and the principal; (7) Finding at least one experienced teacher who is willing to listen to and help; (8) Getting involved outside the classroom; (9) Finding time for oneself and one's own personal well-being; and (10) Keep on trying.
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Personal Narratives, Teaching Methods, Teaching Styles, Teacher Behavior, Student Teachers
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