So when I wake up in the morning, I'm scrambling, but I'm excited because I know I'm going to go see my kids. I have taken the role as a teacher. Even though I'm interested in teaching, I'm still taking that role as a teacher every day. Every day that I teach, I always make sure I have my materials printed at the library, six o'clock in the morning before I even enter the school. As soon as I get to the school, it's around 7:15. Me and my CS, my Clinical Supervisor, kind of just talk about what we're going to do for the day. My lesson plans have already been planned out when I'll be lead teaching, which means I teach all day long all the subjects for 20 days straight. The kids start coming in at 7:30. We have announcements. I take lunch count. I take attendance, and then we go right into math.
You as an individual, you just have to be flexible. They taught me how to be flexible by preparing me with different learning skills, whether it be research based practices, developmentally appropriate practices, those type of things. You just have to make sure that you're getting next to those children and you're helping fit their needs. There are some children who learn best through theory. There are some who learn best through doing things with their hands or things with their eyesight. It is ultimately up to the students that you have in your class, and you being flexible to be able to cater to those needs. It is a lot of work, but Georgia Southern prepares you very well for it.
Georgia Southern has the best campus in Georgia. There are some good universities in this state, but I fell in love with the campus of Georgia Southern. There is a real atmosphere of family. There's a real atmosphere of warmth. The professors are amazing. After becoming an Eagle and interacting with my professors, I've just never had a professor that's let me down. The moment that got me to be like, "I love teaching" is when I did my very first teaching unit on writing words. Feeling the reward of them learning, it was that moment I was like wow, this is an amazing feeling. They're only doing this because it was me who introduced it to them. So it was that moment that I realized that I love teaching, and the feeling of being rewarded by their learning outweighs all the things that you have to do in order to gain from it. It's just that feeling of knowing that I'm making a difference in someone's life. Georgia Southern teachers change the world.