Monday, May 30, 2016

The Guys of Primary Interviews: Chad from The Arnett Gazette!

Happy Memorial Day! The Guys of Primary are excited to bring you some exclusive interviews for you to get to know us a little better. 

Hello everyone, it's Adam here from the Teachers Learn Too. Today I am thrilled to interview another member of our Guys of Primary team. Please meet... Chad from The Arnett Gazette! Chad is a third grade teacher in Ohio. I've got my questions ready so let's get started...

1. Why did you decide to become a teacher? Growing up I was lucky enough to have great teachers. They took great interest in me and cared about how I developed as a student and as a person. From an early age I wanted to have the opportunity to make that kind of impact on young learners, so I chose to become a teacher!

2. What do you do in your spare time to relax? Hobbies? Volunteer work? Relaxing has never been one of my strong suits, I have a very active brain! So instead I escape by playing tennis. I have been playing competitively since I was about 10 and I still play often, as much as five times per week. 

3. Would you recommend teaching as a career to your students? I would (and often do) recommend teaching as a career. As with most any job there can be stressful or frustrating aspects to it, but I can’t think of any other career that is as fun, challenging, and rewarding.

4. What does you like most about teaching? Least? There are so many things about teaching that I love, but the one moment that I live for is when I am working with a student and I see that the light has gone on and they get it.  Conversely, my least favorite part of teaching is when I just can’t seem to help a student grasp a particular concept. No matter how many ways I need to approach the material though, I never give up!

5. If you weren’t a teacher, what job would you like to have? Why? I’ve always had an interest in education. If I weren’t teaching, I would want to be helping teachers by designing materials that support the good work they do everyday. Perhaps at a company like Scholastic or Harcourt.

6. What is the best part about being a male in a field of predominantly females? Being a male in the elementary teaching world gives me a unique opportunity to be a positive role model in the lives of children who may not have a male in their life to support them. This is a job that I happen to take very seriously.

7. What is your classroom or teaching philosophy? I have often described my classroom as “chaos by design”. I love designing fun and engaging activities that get my students out of their seat and having a great time learning! I’m also a huge proponent of positivity in the classroom. I prefer to focus on the good things that are happening in our classroom. I have found that students will work harder for me when they feel that I believe in them and am supportive of the work they are doing.

Thanks Chad for taking the time to answer these questions! Be sure to follow Chad and check out his amazing teacher resources in his TPT store!

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