TCNJ Magazine Fall 2019

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12 The College of New Jersey Magazine BILL CARDONI P R A I R I E A S T O L D T O teacher is about creating an environment where students can grow and develop. I wasn't a great student early on. In eighth grade, a teacher told me I wouldn't make it in a higher-level history class. Amaly ElMenshawy: Being a teacher is not some cakewalk of glory where we fix every student's life. That's how it is in the movies — the teacher as the all-knowing savior of the classroom. Michelle Parkhurst: Teaching is not really like that. ElMenshawy: That kind of story lessens the power the student has in the situation. Being an effective Getting schooled Two senior education majors and close friends dish on what the lead-up to graduation feels like. By Amaly ElMenshawy and Michelle Parkhurst, as told to Kara Pothier ElMenshawy and Parkhurst are student teaching this year at different schools. 2020

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