Teacher identity

One thing that really struck me this week is what Miss Yerks had to say about being a perfectionist. I have always been a perfectionist in everything that I do especially when it comes to my school work. During my first year of university classes I continued to try and maintain perfection as I did through high school but I quickly realized that my expectations for myself are often unrealistic. With the ambiguity that comes with teaching it is nearly impossible to always have lessons go as perfectly as planed and it is something that I am going to have to get used to. It is comforting to know that I am not the only one who feels this way and that it is possible to get over that fear of having some mishaps and imperfections. Another thing I really appreciated was what she said on feeling like a teacher. Growing up I always wanted to be a teacher and so I’d put on my mom’s shoes, write on my little chalkboard and teach my pretend students. Being a teacher is hard work and looking the part isn’t going to prepare me to stand in front of a class and teach. I will never be 100% prepared, and being a good teacher will only come with time and experience. I will make mistakes along the way but I will also have days where I feel I have taken steps forward.

My question this week is, is there a way to make future teachers feel more prepared for the mishaps they will have in their classrooms and to let them know that it is perfectly normal to feel intimidated sometimes?

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