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.
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”