We grow fearless by walking into our fears!

 

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Fear is viewed as a negative word.  I believe it is important to feel fear because you grow from facing your fears. When it comes to being a teacher my fears are very specific to the age level I am interested in teaching. I also have fears that still haunt me from my younger years in school.

Since I absolutely want to teach elementary school art one of my bigger fears is being able to manage time. In my everyday life I am pretty good at juggling multiple things at once so I’m hoping this skill will come in handy as an art elementary school teacher. Art classes are normally shorter in elementary because of the amount of students you see per day. I’m worried about being able to give each student the attention they deserve since I am limited to a short amount of time. I think the best way to handle this fear is practice and awesome lesson planning. Planning to prevent something from happening can save a lot of time in an art classroom. I also get nervous with the safety hazards that come with the tools we use in the art room. Making it clear to students that they need to be careful with any tool that can be even a little dangerous is extremely important. Elementary students are at the age where they learn by touching and interacting with their environment. I want to take this into considerations, but at the same time prevent any student from hurting a classmate or themselves.

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A fear I sadly carry with me from my past is my dyslexia. I know it is silly to think that my students would make fun of this but I have been made fun of by people who don’t realize this is such a sensitive topic for me. I can avoid this by explaining to my students ahead of time that I have trouble spelling. This can help some of the students who also struggle with this to realize that it doesn’t define you. I sometimes still struggle with realizing this myself, but luckily I continue to grow and fight my anxiety that comes with my dyslexia.

“Your largest fear carries your greatest growth”

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3 thoughts on “We grow fearless by walking into our fears!

  1. Love this post because it shows how aware you are of the little things within an Elementary classroom. You pay attention to the things that could be easily overlooked. I think that is of key importance within the age range you’re seeking to teach. And it’s an accomplishment right there before even discovering other outlets to conquer your fears with.

    I also love love love this: “Your largest fear carries your greatest growth.” Seriously, this is something we HAVE to remember going forward into our future careers. We are truly given the most crazy of opportunities with this one–we grow from our fears? Like how awesome is that?

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  2. Samm, I kind of think you were born to be an art teacher. Reading about your fears makes me realize this even more. Like Kimberly said, you’re worried about small things that may get overlooked. I think you’re giving yourself the best advice, though. It is so important to be open and honest with students, just like you would want them to be open with you. This already sets the foundation for mutual respect in a classroom. I respected teachers way more when I was young when I knew more about them as actual living people and not their “teacher” selves. Their “teacher” selves always seemed fake and strange to me. If you have a fear of dyslexia, I think the best thing to do would to just be open and honest. I’m sure your students would respect you for it.

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  3. I can relate to your fear of time management. It can be discouraging when one spends so much time creating a lesson plan, but soon realizes it will not be completed in the time you allotted for. I want students to feel excited about seeing the results of their projects, not rushed or pressured to meet a deadline. Once you get to know your students, then you will learn the strengths and weaknesses of each class period, and adjust the lesson times in advance for them. It might be helpful to take notes during the first few weeks of the school year to see how long projects and demonstrations seem to take. Regardless of these fears, you are level-headed and aware of them. You are going to do Great!

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