Job Shadow Report
Capstone/ 5th period
October 24, 2012
During my job shadow I had gotten to view the classroom from a perspective other than the normal one I have. Since I am normally the student in the classroom I don’t get to fully take in the effect that the teacher has on everyone. I could tell that Mr. Bauters is truly passionate about his career as a teacher, and that is what inspires me to want to become one even more.
During my time in his class, I had asked Mr, Bauters a group of questions that I had figured would be important for me to know. I had asked him roughly how many hours he works in a typical week and his response was anywhere between 55-65 hours. I like the hours for the job. The only reason they are longer than school hours is because of grading. When I had asked what the worst part of the job is he had told me that is was without a doubt grading. I can clearly see why that is his answer. He says that when a test isn’t on a scantron it takes a while for him to go through each individual paper and grade it, not to mention essays.
This job shadow had made me want to pursue the career even more. I liked the vibe I got from the classroom. Normally as a student it is difficult to get a good vibe because you don’t fully understand things, but as a teacher you are the one that knows it and you are there to help students along the way. I don’t necessarily want to be a high school teacher, but I do want to at least be a middle school teacher because I would like students to be a little mature when I have them in class. He had told me that I have to put forth all of my effort because there are actually a lot of teachers that didn’t and they don’t teach as well as they should be. Basically you cannot just put half of your effort in your schooling to become a teacher.
I had also asked about the personality traits that someone should have if they want to become a successful teacher. His answer to me was that you should be extraverted, confident, be humorous, have discipline, be creative, and have analytical thinking. I feel as though I have most of these traits. I don’t think that I would need all of them for the kind of teacher I would like to become. I would like to become a math teacher so I don’t think I would need analytical thinking.
I enjoyed my job shadow very much. I think it opened my eyes to the career of teaching. After going through it I feel as though it strengthened my will to become a teacher. This has been a very helpful experience.
Thank You Letter
12914 Massachusetts St.
Crown Point, IN 46307
November 16, 2012
Mr. Vince Bauters
Crown Point High School
1500 S. Main St.
Crown Point, IN 46307
Dear Mr. Bauters:
Thank you for meeting with me to talk about my job shadow.
Being able to job shadow you was very helpful to me. I enjoyed being able to sit in on your class and observe how the students took in everything you said. It is truly remarkable how you can get a different vibe from a classroom when you are not in it as a student. Your answers to my questions have helped clarify what I would need to do to pursue a career in teaching.
Thank you again for taking the time to meet with me.