Cross-posted from the Teach.gov blog.
Future teachers have one thing in common: a drive into classrooms fueled by a passion to inspire. Oftentimes that drive is enough to deliver you to the classroom. However, the process of becoming a teacher includes numerous pathways and several choices that could complicate your decision.
Should you go through a traditional route or seek alternative certification? Are you eligible for scholarships and federal incentives to support you through your training and career? Does having your Masters help or hurt your chances of finding a position right after school? Why should you teach in a high needs community like those in many rural and urban settings?
The assorted questions and choices require a community of support where you can find straight answers from people who have gone through the same process. For this purpose, TEACH is unveiling its newest feature: Raise Your Hand.
Raise Your Hand, an application found on our Facebook page, is a community where those of you considering the rewards that stem from impacting the lives of children will find the support you seek. Current and former teachers, known as TEACH Ambassadors, will be available to answer your questions and provide advice for your calling in education.
Also, we know we can’t accomplish our mission alone so we have included two other features in the application. Please use Raise Your Hand to help share ideas and give praise for the teacher recruitment movement. Our campaign is more powerful with your collective voices.
Entering the classroom and calling on your experiences to shape the future of hundreds or thousands of students remains an extremely personal decision. Accessing a community of individuals who have struggled with the same choices will lend clarity to the already hazy process. All you need to do is Raise Your Hand.