"IF you don't know where you are going, you'll end up somewhere else." -- Yogi Berra
Overview: Welcome back to my blog! In this post, I’ll discuss my future career plans and goals (I’m so excited)! I’ll also break down what I’m planning on posting next in the upcoming weeks.
Note: Please know that my career path is not the same as every teacher. Every teacher has a different specialty and different path, aspirations, and goals.
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"Teaching is an instinctual art, mindful of potential, craving of realizations, a pausing, seamless process." - A. Bartlett Giamatti
Overview: Thinking about becoming a teacher or interested in the process of becoming a teacher? You’ve come to the right place! In this post, I will try to answer any questions you may have about the process, discuss the tiered system of teacher certification, and address my recommendations for certification/licensure planning.
Note: Different states have different requirements for teaching licensure and certification. This post discusses only the licensure requirements and processes within Minnesota.
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“It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.” -- Maya Angelou
Overview: Welcome back to my blog! In this post, I will outline steps you can take to teach inclusion and acceptance. As an added bonus, I will also discuss steps I will take to teach inclusion and acceptance in my future classroom.
Note: The fight against racial injustice and police brutality is a marathon, not a race. That being said, I wanted to extend the conversation beyond just one post. I feel that it is my responsibility to use my platform for good and to advocate for the Black Lives Matter movement. Although I will not be addressing racial injustice every week, this blog will always be a platform for inclusion and understanding.
“For it isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
Overview: Welcome back to my blog! In this post, I will be defining mirror neurons, discussing the influence of mirror neurons on culture and racism, and introducing empathy as a solution.
Note: Due to protests surrounding racial injustice, police brutality, and the death of George Floyd, I thought it would be best to post something related to the anti-racism movement. This movement needs all of our attention to make necessary changes in legislation and the police force. Through this post, I hope to give some explanation to why this ideology could still be present in the 21st century and to also continue to provide you with information I have learned in my courses.
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"trauma is not a story of something that happened long ago . . . it is the wound that is inside of you." -- Dr. Bessel Van der Kolk
Overview: Welcome back to my blog! In this post, I will officially introduce the topic of ACEs, address their long-term individual and societal consequences, and identify solutions to stop the spread of ACEs in our communities.
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Meghan Hesterman (she/her) is a child advocate and education blogger. While a student at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD), she created Journal of a Future Teacher to share her journey in becoming an early childhood teacher.