I am a math major with certainly no idea what I want to be when I grow up. It is funny that I say “when I grow up”, because I feel as if I am treated as an adult right now but at the same time I still do not know what I want to be. As of right now, I can see myself being an actuary or a teacher. Besides that fact, if I become a teacher, I can see myself as having a teaching style similar to that of Dr. McCoy.
In a way, Dr. McCoy has indirectly taught me how to teach. For example, Dr. McCoy gives very critical feedback, which I think it is important because critical feedback is how a student gets better. A student does not get better with nice comments. In my rough draft for Blood Child, Dr. McCoy gave me advice to start thinking and to start expanding on my ideas with more evidence. She stated that my rough draft was very rough, and that she could tell that I didn’t spend a lot of time on the essay. Guilty was I, since I did not spend a lot of time at all. She called me out on it and I couldn’t thank her enough, because that taught me that if I want to improve as a writer, I have to put time and effort in it. Part of the reason why I did not put much time in it is that it was not graded. If I become a teacher, I would ideally teach Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus AB, or Calculus BC. I would make my homework assignments at first not graded and see which students are motivated to be better a student. From there, I would have conversations with students that aren’t motivated and talk to them about how it is important if you want to get better at anything in life–especially math–you have to put time and effort into it, using my experience in INTD as an example.
If tomorrow was the first day of classes and I was the teacher, I would run my class just like Dr. McCoy. For example, I would make sure every student knew each other’s name because I would have a lot of group projects in my classes. One reason being is that I feel students motivate each other; everyone has that competitive gene inside of them. Also, I believe students learn from each other. For example, I have learned so much from multiple students. Anderson has taught me to how to view an article differently and how to dissect the article to get a deeper meaning behind it. Plus, reading everyone’s blog posts has taught me how to become a better student because I read everyone’s blog post and I have picked up each student’s different writing styles. This has allowed me to develop my own unique writing style.
Lastly, another teaching style I have picked up from Dr. McCoy is that she is very personal to everyone. On the first day of classes, she said, “I have to treat you all the same, and at the same time I can’t because you all are not the same person.” This statement has stuck with me, because if I was ever a teacher, I would say this on the first day of school as well. Another reason why I would want to be personable like Dr. McCoy is that just recently, I missed a meeting I had scheduled with her outside of class. Instead of getting mad, Dr. McCoy understood that sometimes you simply forget. She scheduled another meeting a couple days later, where we discussed my rough draft for Blood Child. I am inspired my how personal Dr. McCoy is, and hope that one day I can teach like her.
I think it is important that students should know it is okay for them to not know what they want to be when they grow up. I do not know if I will want to be a teacher when I grow up, but I do know if I want to be a teacher, I will certainly be like Dr. McCoy.