As I am wrapping up my first year of teaching German & Web Design classes through Duluth Community Ed, I thought it'd be fitting to write up 3 things that I have realized over the past 12 months about teaching.
1. Teaching is a lot of work
The saying "those who can't do, teach" should be banned. After all, it is not "easy" to teach. To stand in front of a group of people and present an idea or concept can be quite daunting. Namely, public speaking doesn't come natural to everyone. Additionally, having to prepare for lessons can be challenging, especially if you have never done it before. Planning a course, creating a lesson plan and developing teaching material from various sources takes time and practice. To prepare for my German class, I spent weeks reading and comparing various German books in order to gather all of my teaching material.
2. Teaching is fun
Going into this year I wasn't sure if I would enjoy educating others. It turns out, I actually really like it. It is fun to teach others, because you can watch students navigate the lessons and grow with knowledge over time. I have students in my web design class that struggled to use the web design software at the beginning of the course, but at the end of the class have actually created a whole website within that same web software. How great is that?
3. Not only the students learn something
Not only do the students learn new material, the teacher also learns and grows as time goes on. (In my opinion, that is actually the best part about teaching). I, for one, started out this year feeling very nervous and I was not so sure about my ability to teach my skills to others. After all, I wasn't trained in education, but rather in design. And apart from tutoring fellow students in college, I'd never taught a class before. So it is only natural to feel nervous about this new task I set out for myself. However, as time went on, I got more confident and started to believe in myself. Thus, I learned that you can achieve anything, if you work hard enough and if you believe in yourself.
Any teachers/educators out there that have something to add to the list?
Let me know in the comments below. I'd love to hear your thoughts!
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