College Students Who Will Make Good Teachers
There are many characteristics that make a great teacher. However, there are many qualities that make a bad teacher too. If you are planning on becoming a teacher because you think that it is the easy way to finish your bachelor's degree, or you think it will be easy, please find another profession. I like millions of other teachers across the United States take my profession very seriously and do not like to see slackers slinking into the classroom.
Classroom Teacher Observations about College Students
I spend a great deal of time with pre-professional teachers, as I am a liaison with a local university where my middle school has a partnership, and I mentor new teachers. College students come in for their field experience during their sophomore through senior year. In addition, I have had a student teacher almost every year I have taught. The following are my personal observations. However, they have rung true for over 16 years of working with college level students.
Three Types of Pre-professional Education College Students
Type #1: This type of student is a hard worker. Type #1 will do everything to prepare to be a great teacher. These college students walk into the classroom ready to help students and to learn themselves. They are the first to ask the teacher if he or she needs help with grading or if they can help any of the students. In addition, they put a great deal of thought and effort in their lessons. They care deeply about their future profession and their students. I always recommend this type of college student to my principal to hire.
Type #2: This type of student is not quite sure that he or she “wants to work this hard" but has already invested too much time in the major to get out. Or, type #2 can also be super quiet and not sure how to handle a classroom of students. Sometimes these students are a work in progress, and they can improve to become a super teacher. Or, they do an okay job and will probably be an okay teacher. I do not recommend this type of student to my principal unless they make great strides in their performance.
Type #3: This type of student thinks that the college education courses are pretty easy and thinks that teaching is an easy job that includes a summer vacation and all national holidays. Type #3 usually does the least amount work possible. I have given poor recommendations to these types of college students. Unless this type of student has a change of heart, this type of student will not make a good teacher.
It is quite obvious that type #3 should not go into the teacher profession. There are even literature examples in picture books of what a good teacher is. I just hope that type #3 makes change before landing a job or changes professions.
For all the rest who are willing to work hard to become great teachers, welcome to the teaching profession. It will not be easy, but it will be rewarding. Hopefully, you will become a great teacher.