Let us set the scene: it’s a late night, craft supplies are spread across the floor, and a lesson plan must be presented the next morning over Main Idea and Supporting Details. The Education Major is calculating in her head that if she goes to bed in an hour, she can still get 5 hours of shut-eye. All the parts for the Direct Teach and Guided Practice must be done before the sweet ecstasy of sleep can finally take over.
Congratulations! The lesson plan went smoothly and the “students,” aka the classmates, learned all there is to know about Main Idea and Supporting Details. It’s time to celebrate with a trip to Whataburger. Afterward, the next project beckons.
The life of an Education Major (Ed Major) is stressful to say the least. There is always something due that deals with a core subject or assessment, whether that be a lesson plan, a bulletin board, or a project over the Texas Revolution (or any other topic). Teaching, as with many other professions, is definitely a calling and not for the faint hearted, but it provides the most rewarding feeling knowing that we, as future teachers, will change the lives of our students.
137 hours. That is how many class credits Education Majors need to graduate. Granted, that is not nearly as many needed for Music Education Majors or various other degree plans; however, embedded in the course load are many classes that are critical for our survival as educators. We are taught how to teach all major subjects, how to address the community, school, and district standards, and how to write an effective lesson plan. We are required to get into the classroom early on and must accrue 200 observation hours before our final semester of student teaching. Essentially, by the time we graduate and have a classroom of our own, we are prepared for basically everything. Great, right? DBU would not have the number one Early Childhood Education program in the country if it didn’t prepare its students for all but the apocalypse.
Creativity runs wild. What better way to encourage students to use their imaginations than to use our own? The Curriculum lab, where Ed Majors concoct all their fanciful lessons and projects, is full of materials from cutting boards to books to rolls of giant colorful paper. This is where the magic happens. It has the resources needed to make any classroom project dream come true. The only problem is that it is closed on weekends and is a little unorganized. Ed Majors have the privilege of unlocking their inner child for the rest of their career.
The beauty of being an Education Major is the fact that when asked why we want to teach, our answers vary. For me, personally, I love kids. I love how fun and random they are. But mostly, I love getting to see the light bulb go off in their heads when they have understood a concept, when they finally say, “Ohhh, I get it.” That is the best feeling. For others, it is because they had a great teacher who taught them how to love school and made a big impact on their lives. Never once have I heard someone say they want to teach because teachers are so highly paid. Because, let’s face it, teachers get paid more than NFL players, right? It isn’t about money or the summers off but about the ability we have to change lives and create safe places of learning.
Even though many late nights lay behind and before all Ed Majors, the end goal shines brighter than all the setbacks and disappointments. By the time graduation rolls around, Ed Majors have been through almost everything. It is sweet relief to know that from then on, what we have dreamed about doing will finally come true. This is the life of an Education Major, and I would not have it any other way.
 I meant sleep.
 Two parts of a DBU lesson plan.
Written by Maddison