A Different Perspective

01.16.2012Today I got up at 5:30am to go to work with my cousin. I have to say it wasn’t easy being ready to leave the house by 6:45, but I did it and I’m glad that I did. My cousin is a middle school health teacher at a school system in Euclid. Euclid is in Cleveland and is not necessarily the best area, so it was a good experience to compare it to the observations I have already completed in school. In addition, Euclid is a 90% African American district, which is also very different from the schools that I have attended. This is beneficial to me as a future teacher, because it is good to see other cultures and how they differ in learning methods. One thing that I really liked about shadowing my cousin is the fact that she teaches 6, 7, and 8th grade so I got to see a variety of ages. Also, I was able to see some of the teaching methods she uses in her classroom and take special note of the things that worked, and those that didn’t. I was very proud watching her, because a lot of the students tended to have attitudes about learning or completing activities, but she remained calm at all times and would always explain her perspective to them about why health is important. I am an Early Childhood major; however I have been playing around with the idea of Middle Childhood for a while now. After seeing my cousin at work, I realized that I really enjoy middle school age as well. Now, I am toying around with the idea of possibly double majoring in both areas so that I can be more marketable in my future career, but we will have to see what my advisor says!