ACC Inspires Teachers for Tomorrow

Jamie Bonner, Staff Reporter

We’ve all seen teachers at work, we know the gist of how a classroom is run, but what really goes on when a teacher is teaching? Do they have knowledge of acute psychological manipulations to better our content absorption? Do they have hidden techniques to deal with teenagers irritating antics? Is there really such a thing as a good teaching method versus a bad one? Teachers for Tomorrow is a new CTE class that prepares students to become classroom educators, led by Chemistry and Physics teacher, Ms. Neal.

Not just anybody can walk into a classroom and become a teacher, many qualities are necessary to properly run a classroom and successfully stray from chaos. Jahan, a student in Teachers for Tomorrow, talks about the qualities he finds to be essential when guiding a classroom. He highlights the importance of patience along with the adaptability of educators, teachers must be able to successfully educate every student with their individual needs and learning styles. “Not all students develop the same way, which is important for educators to understand-which will call upon the teacher’s patience as they are introducing new concepts.”  The learning curriculum in the class itself conquers individual aspects of teaching methods one at a time, such as proving the student capable of small positions such as online teaching, these are called “micro-credentials”.

Teachers responsible for students’ education in their specialized subjects, but also for properly displaying social skills and acceptable ways to interact with peers. “Teachers are there to facilitate the interaction and ensure students know how to correctly interact with one another. I envision using the power being a teacher to spread ideal ways to interact with other members of the community,” explained Jahan. 

Significant impacts on a child’s social development can make or break who a person grows up to be, and school attendance mandates about 5-7 hours a day. Teachers for Tomorrow educates students on children’s psychological development and how to prepare children and adolescents for their futures.

You may have seen students in themed T-shirts as teacher’s assistants, maybe leading the class with a lesson plan they created themselves or simply making sure students are on task. Students are assigned to different teachers to work with based on their goals as future educators to better understand the less talked about responsibilities in a classroom. Additionally, students attend conferences led by teachers discussing their own unique experiences and the skills that have greatly assisted them in their time as role models.

Preparing future educators for these responsibilities and practicing the standards of learning greatly prepare Teachers for Tomorrow’s participants for their future work environments.