I’ve always wondered how I would go about running a classroom and thanks to Junior Achievement I finally have that opportunity. I originally learned about Junior Achievement through one of my classes. My teacher encouraged us to sign up by telling us we would receive 100 points of extra credit. Needless to say, I jumped at the opportunity. I haven’t even started teaching my class yet and already I’m feeling the pressures of time and deadlines.
First I was required to go to the Junior Achievement office to pick the school that was right for me. After waiting in line and looking at several schools I finally decided on Elrod Elementary, which is only 15-20 minutes away from where I stay. I even got the grade I intentionally asked for: 3rd grade. Third grade was by far one of my best school years and that’s why I chose to teach at this level.
After I was assigned a school and a teacher, it was up to me to get in contact with her. I immediately emailed her later that day to ensure I would hear back from her soon. She emailed me back two days later and we set a date to meet in person. When we met in person we talked about the lessons I would be doing and when were good days for me to come in.
Tomorrow is my first day in the 3rd graders’ class and I must say that I am quite nervous. There is really no reason to be nervous though. Junior Achievement gave me all the materials I’ll need to conduct the lesson, the teacher is very nice and I’m sure the students will be well behaved. I’m not great at public speaking. I can admit that fault, but that is why I’m doing this. I want experience speaking in front of audiences; even if the audience is less than half my age. My goal is to keep improving this skill and to get better with every lesson.