Education Major Problems

Nothing grinds my gears more than when I hear how easy education majors have it. When I hear “Do you just sit in your class all day and just draw?” or “Do you just sit around and read children’s book?” Nope. I wish, because that means I wouldn’t be up till 5am crafting the perfect lesson plans so I can go into the classroom and teach the youth of America. At first, I thought  teaching would be a breeze based off my entry level courses at college, but as time progressed, like any other major, I was proven wrong. It wasn’t until the end of my sophomore/junior year that my professor asked us questions that really hit me. “How do you teach someone the alphabet that has never seen it or has no background knowledge of it?” At first I was like “it’s easy, just practice it.” But then comes phonemes, phonological awareness, phonics, etc. Always heaving to hear about how teaching is just watching kids all day is really just an ignorant statement, because one day all my friends will have kids and they will have to go to school, so imagine if all your child’s teacher did was draw with them? It wouldn’t be too good when your child didn’t learn everything that helps them develop at an appropriate rate. Just within the last week, I had gotten 6 hours of sleep in 2 days because of staying up all night to develop the perfect lessons to keep a child engaged and wanting to learn. When you think back to school, and if you weren’t the biggest fan, research shows that when a child pinpoints the moments of hating school, it all starts at a young age like elementary school. At the end of the day, knocking down/commenting on how easy it is being an education major is completely inaccurate. When all is said and done, when your child shows up for their first day of school, you're going to want to have the best of the best teaching your child/setting them up for their future. Keep that in mind next time you want to talk about how easy educators/education majors have it.