By James Teixeira, SED 2018
It’s strange to think that just a short time ago I was in the college decision process, anxiously deliberating which college would be the best fit for me. BU was always my dream, but when it came time to make the decision, I had to be sure that I was confident in my choice. BU drew me in for several reasons – its perfect location in the heart of Boston, its strong education program, and the tight knit community that is SED. One special thing that set BU apart from my other college options was the ability to be placed in the classroom my freshman year – for me, it would occur in my very first semester of college.
After just 6 short weeks, I was absolutely confident that I made the right choice in attending BU. One of the best experiences I have had so far at BU is attending my field placement for ED 100, my introduction to education course. Each Wednesday, I am bused to Lexington, Massachusetts to Bowman Elementary School to assist in a fifth grade classroom. Although I am a secondary education major, working with fifth graders has been a very memorable experience for me. One of my weekly tasks is to lead a reading group of about five students. I thoroughly enjoy getting to know these select few, learning their strengths and a little bit about each individual outside of their academic abilities. As the weeks go on, I find myself further involved in classroom activities, often tending to students one on one or in small groups. The kids never cease to amaze me – they are an extremely enthusiastic and motivated group of students. They are always eager to participate in class and provide intelligent insight. I also love observing my cooperating teacher, and taking note of his excellent teaching skills, some of which I hope to implement into my own classroom someday.
I have wanted to be a teacher for as long as I can remember. Coming from a family of teachers, I always placed the highest emphasis and appreciation on my education growing up. I decided from a young age that I wanted to continue my family’s tradition and continue on our teaching legacy. Many of my teachers growing up confirmed my desire to go into the teaching profession, instilling faith in me. The field placement in ED100 has even further confirmed my desire to become an educator. Working with children in the fifth grade classroom has provided further emphasis for my passion to work with children. I can’t wait to have my own classroom of students, not only helping them to master subject matter but to instill values and morals that help them to become model citizens in their communities.
James Teixeira is a freshman in the School of Education, majoring in History Education.