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EduMagic E47: Don’t Teach in Isolation

EduMagic E47: Don’t Teach in Isolation

Samantha Fecich | @sfecich
March 19,  2020
Podcasts

Today I have with me Rachelle Poth, she is the author of In Other Words & Unconventional. Rachelle is also a consultant, speaker, educator, and Pres. #iSTETEN. During this episode, Rachelle shares her teaching journey. Surprisingly she did not always want to be a teacher but she loved to learn. She didn’t know she wanted to be a teacher until she was a junior in college. Rachelle is a Rockstar educator, author, and speaker. Let’s dive into her story a little bit more.

Rachelle shares about the importance of broadening your perspective as a future teacher. You never know what your path is – get involved in different grade levels and subject areas in which you are going to be certified. You make a difference in the life of a child. 💡Dr. Fecich fun fact: You make a difference in the classroom even if you are there only for a week or a day.

Rachelle adds by sharing that she taught in isolation for years but as soon as she connected with others – she found that she is not alone.

How do you make yourself stand out as a student-teacher in a high school?

  • Look for connections between students and teachers
  • Set yourself apart as a professional – YOU are a professional! 
  • Knowing who you are and what you want for your students is key 
  • Set boundaries and build relationships
  • Connect with students and build those relationships
  • You want to be approachable, but still set your presence as a teacher

EduMagic focus

During this question, Rachelle flips the conversation on me! I share the importance of getting out of the college classroom and get out of your comfort zone. Attend conferences, edcamps, webinars, twitter chats. Get out there and push yourself. Rachelle adds by sharing that she taught in isolation for years but as soon as she connected with others – she found that she is not alone. 

  • Keep pushing yourself as a teacher and connect with other teachers. 
  • Listen to podcasts
  • Get on Twitter
  • Make the time to learn and grow it is important for you and your students
  • Pick one area that speaks to you and get out there, then add more to it! 
  • You are never an expert – you are always learning
  • Want to check out some Twitter chats – Rachelle’s favorite chats: #EduGladiators, #engagechat, #formativechat, #masterychat. #tlap

Advice for preservice teachers

  • Try something different – don’t be afraid to try! 
  • Try fieldwork and observations in different subject areas and grade levels

Professional books by Rachelle Poth

For more information about Rachelle’s books check out her site here. You can find out about her specific books here.

💡GET YOUR FREE GUIDE TO EDUMAGIC IN STUDENT TEACHING – Learn how to crush it before, during and after student teaching with these helpful tips!

Hi! I am Dr. Sam Fecich, I am a professor of education at Grove City College. I work with future teachers in areas related to special education and educational technology. I am also the author of EduMAgic: A Guide for Preservice Teachers and a podcast designed just for future teachers, called EduMagic. I am a huge fan of pumpkin spice lattes (PSL) and binging Netflix shows like The Office. I look forward to connecting with you!

: www.sfecich.com

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