1. All your professors are constantly reviewing the lesson plan format in class
I’ve written about 10 lesson plans since freshman year. I know the format.
2. You write lesson plans that are unrealistically long
No actual teacher would need to write 10 pages for one lesson.
3. You’re constantly thinking about how to accommodate for different learning styles
“This lesson accommodates for visual, aural, and kinesthetic learners because…”
4. You know your learning style because you’ve learned about learning styles so much
Please, give me a hands on activity. Or else I’ll never remember
5. You also know your type of intelligence
Sorry that I keep singing to myself. I’m just trying to study for a quiz.
6. You intern/observe in a classroom and your students love you
SOMEONE BESIDES MY ACTUAL TEACHER IS HERE SO I’M GONNA DO ANYTHING FOR ATTENTION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
7. You silently critique other teachers and professors on their teaching style
Oh okay. Personally, I wouldn’t have groups of more than three people. But, hey, it’s your class….
8. All of your education professors give you really detailed rubrics for assignments
But you’re grateful because now you know EXACTLY what you need to do.
9. You’re paying excessive amounts of money on classes where you do elementary school art activities
$1000 per credit to learn how to conduct a tissue paper art activity.
10. You’re also paying to take a class that teaches you how to teach science
Which means you spend 3 hours a week with a professor who’s teaching you how to do 3rd grade science experiments. But who’s complaining?
11. You’re obsessed with any and all children’s books
You can also turn any book into a read-aloud and associated lesson.
12. In fact, you’ve already started your book collection for your future classroom library
Which means you probably own Stellaluna, The Giving Tree, Corduruoy, The Lorax, and maybe The Dot
13. You keep all your textbooks because you know you’ll use them again once you’re an actual teacher
Also because you just love the way they look on your bookshelf
14. You have Pinterest boards dedicated to your future classroom
You know that you NEED to look at these after you graduate and have your own classroom.
15. You’re always re-learning K-8 subjects
Just admit that you have trouble with fractions and you need to be taught again at a college level.
16. You’ve memorized the Common Core Standards
Because all your professors are consistently making you refer to them.
17. You apply Bloom’s Taxonomy to everyday situations
“I need to use higher-level thinking to really know this stuff”
18. You have no idea how you’re going to pay your student loans, even after you get a full-time teaching job
And you hope that you’ll somehow manage to stay in college forever
19. You know that even though you’ll make no money, teaching will be the BEST. JOB. EVER.
Making sure that 10-year-olds know how to read fluently and multiply two-digit numbers is, for some reason, the most rewarding thing ever.