Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The Guys of Primary Interviews: Justin from Way to Bee in 2nd with Mr. Neal!

There's nothing better than hitting the beach after a long day. This is one of my favorite things to do while on summer break! The Guys of Primary are excited to bring you some exclusive interviews for you to get to know us a little better. Let's have some fun in the sun and let's get started...

Hello everyone, it's Chad here from The Arnett Gazette. Today I have the opportunity to interview Justin from Way to Bee in 2nd with Mr. Neal! Justin is a first grade teacher in Virginia. Grab your goggles and snorkel and let's hit the water!

1. Why did you decide to become a teacher? I have always wanted to be a teacher sense the first time I went to school. I’ve always been obsessed with anything related to teaching. From classroom, to grading papers, to creating lessons, to school supplies. Nothing has changed. I am still obsessed with everything related to teaching. I remember helping a friend of mine in her classroom before school started each year. She was a big inspiration to me, along with some of my teachers in middle school I was an aide for.

2. What do you do in your spare time to relax? Hobbies? Volunteer work? 
When I am not teaching, you can usually find me on the road with friends- going out to eat, movies, new adventures, you name it….

3. Would you recommend teaching as a career to your students? 
I would absolutely recommend teaching as a career to my students. I often find myself talking to my students about how they should work hard so they can have a good job one day. I’m trying to instill the work ethic in them early.

4. What does you like most about teaching? Least? The thing I love the most about teaching would have to be the relationships I get to form with my students and parents. I’ve found that rapport within your school community is extremely important. Gaining rapport with parents and students is essential. The thing I like the least about teaching is making copies. We are lucky enough to have copy volunteers that come in twice a week. The question is, can I have my stuff ready in time for them to copy? NOT OFTEN! ;)

5. If you weren’t a teacher, what job would you like to have? Why? 
If I wasn’t a teacher I think I would be an investigator. I love all things mystery. I love watching Investigation Discovery and watching crimes unfold and later usually be solved.

6. What is the best part about being a male in a field of predominantly females? 
The best part about being a male in a field of predominantly females would have to be the ability to give a male’s perspective in situations that may arise. It really feels good when a venture teachers asks a fairly new teacher’s opinion. Being a male can also serve as a buffer in certain situations. That’s as far as I’ll go with that. :)

7. What is your classroom or teaching philosophy? 
My classroom philosophy is that every student has the right to learn. I believe every student has the right to learn in their own preferred learning style. I believe everyone is a lifelong learner. I believe my students can teach me just as much as I teach them. I believe they may forget what you said, or did, but they will never forget how you made them feel. I hope to leave a legacy for a lifetime as a teacher and role model.

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

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