Student and teacher: Student teaching requires balance and flexibility

 

Student teaching is a full-time job for education majors, and balancing the commitments of a student teacher as well as still being a student can be difficult.

These final-semester education majors take on all different responsibilities with their student teaching, including coaching seventh grade basketball in the case of Joseph Siciliano, senior middle education major.

Siciliano is student teaching at Lake Center Christian School.

“I’m still in the beginning of student teaching, but overall I’m picking up more and more that I’m teaching every single day, and depending on the schedule for basketball, I might have a practice right after school,” said Siciliano.

On top of student teaching, Siciliano is also the director of commuters on Student Senate and the historian for Kappa Delta Pi.

“I’d say, overall, the teaching and actual work outside of teaching isn’t hard to balance; it’s all the other extracurricular things that I have on top of that,” said Siciliano.

Siciliano also said that he has to plan ahead and take life day-by-day as well as be flexible and adjust, a valuable skill in teaching.

Emily Brookes, senior intervention specialist and early childhood education major, is student teaching in a Jackson Local elementary school.

“We are fully committed to student teaching. I also have a work study position at the WWF front desk, so that takes part of my time too. It’s easier for me to balance it out because with my school work I am super organized,” said Brookes.

Andrea Maier, senior early childhood education and intervention specialist major is student teaching at Greentown Intermediate.

Maier is currently working with third grade.

“I love [the third graders’] joy and excitement to learn. They get engaged so easily; all you have to do is act like you’re excited and they get excited about it. Even when you’re in a bad mood they come up and [compliment you]. It makes everything better,” said Maier.

Maier also has extracurricular engagements, such as being the student body president and working in the admissions office.

“It’s very much day by day, and [I] utilize weekends. I have to be productive and work ahead every weekend,” said Maier.

Maier also said that she finds everything she is doing to be worth it because she prioritizes everything she is doing. She enjoys being close to her Malone friends and maximizing her experience prior to graduation.

 

Cathy Weyand is a staff writer for The Aviso

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