Find Serenity in Pyne

This week’s reading was an awesome source that students in college have and brand new teachers. To be the first teacher in my family I have no prior knowledge about what the job market has for me or can provide, but the one thing that both students and new teachers know that we don’t join the education field if we want an easy job and lots of money.

As a future Appalachian State University (ASU) I have had the privilege to have experience to train in different classrooms and ages. Appalachian State is know universally know to produce some of the best teachers in the United States. Many of the teachers that graduate from ASU are national board certified or have found jobs in higher education. In the education department here at ASU the standards they put on us future teachers seem to be hard at first glance but is helpful in the field. Though the education program at ASU does need improvement, especially in the field placement curriculum, it still gives students a variety of experience in the classroom.

This story/short article would be something that all upcoming and new teachers would love to read. This article shows a teacher in New Jersey that tells his experience for a teacher climbing the education ladder. The article covers the pay raises over time and how to get a job in the first place, which is any new teachers question.

In Pyne’s article he gives future teachers three tips how to be prepared for an interview. Number one is academic preparation and content discipline. Secondly, pedagogical knowledge and skills, and lastly field experience. Out of the three points I think that one and three is the most important. The social studies and history program here at ASU has really prepared us for the content knowledge and the education class prepares us for preparing for our class. Though ASU does give us a lot of time in different classrooms to know how to work with different students, it does not prepare the secondary education majors to teach high school students until there senior year. Pyne goes on to talk about how to address you passions and present yourself in a non-snobby way. Teaching is a passion and so is history. If you are not enthusiastic about history or teaching the students will know and will not engage in the class.

In Pyne’s paper he mentions the interview process for teachers. For this was extremely important, because I have never been interviewed before. Obviously the interview process will be different from school to school and state to state. Pyne gives common factors the he has found in the interview process. One common thing that is important for the school interview is being yourself and be confident, that seems easy but when we get nervous sometimes that goes out the window.

Something that has been drilled into our heads the second we start college education classes, that even though we are teachers we should continue learning. Pyne also agrees with this philosophy. As a history teacher we should always be learning about current events that my be mentioned in class that day. We should also be learning about new information on the topics that we teach in class, continue reading secondary sources about topic to stay informed about new historians opinions about history topics.

Pyne in this article gave me a little more hope then I did before. He gave helpful advice for what schools are wanting from their teachers.


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