Bowdoin Teacher Scholars

Bowdoin Teacher Scholars


I was never the kind of student where
everything came easy it was a little bit of an interesting path getting to
teaching but I think pretty early on though I decided that that was something
I want to do. One of the biggest key parts of school for me it’s my teachers.
They really got to know me as a person and they taught with such enthusiasm and
love what they were teaching teaching. Teaching pushes you every day to kind of check yourself and say like alright what can I be doing better. Students are coming into your classroom with a whole host and variety of outside lives and
conflicts and I want to try to make a difference. I really want to be a part of
just creating a world of better global citizens. I realized here that education is so linked to the to the common good message that Bowdoin does have. It’s a job that does allow you to help individuals.
Having as little moments one-on-one not with all the students at once has really
made the difference when it does come to you know, what we’re learning in the
classroom for that day. I think that what marks an extraordinary teacher is the passion that they bring for their subject and the intense interest that
they bring to understanding the lives of their students. Giving every single
person the opportunity to flourish is something that we can do as educators. I
would not be a teacher if it wasn’t for Bowdoin Teacher Scholars the opportunity to have a certification in a really short period of time for no additional
cost when the opportunity to go straight into a classroom is the only reason that
I’ve been able to be a teacher and do what I love. Having people in the in the
cohort who are teaching the same material that you are in different
environments, being able to talk about how that relates and get
perspectives I taught high school for 10 years had
lots of students. What makes the Bowdoin Teacher Scholar program unique is that
we are able to provide unparalleled financial support for students that
removes the barriers to sometimes entering teaching. The United States is
facing a teacher shortage. We do our best to make them aware of the challenges
that, teaching as a profession, is facing right now and give them tools to both
withstand those challenges and once they’ve been there a while to try to
transform what teaching is. “How are you?” “Good, how are you?” “I’m good” An extraordinary teacher sees the brilliance in a student that a student can’t yet see for
themselves. I wasn’t really sure how to grade it and I guess because I feel subjective about grading. And finds ways to help with that student express that
brilliance. I think students who are in the Bowdoin Teacher Scholars Program are
learning to listen deeply to the students in their classrooms. Students want to know who am I? Why does it matter that I’m here? What is it that I should bring to the world? How can we
make our lives better? How do I make a difference and what better way to
contribute to the common good than to become a teacher.

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