A reaffirmation of faith
Sullivan, Mary (Student of English)
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Some things are like riding a bicycle; once you acquire the talent you rarely need to practice it. Other things, like teaching, are more difficult skills to master. They require a considerable amount of practice and fine-tuning and can always use some improvement and updating. It is for this reason that, after student teaching at East Aurora High School in the fall, I decided to teach in an English 104 class and tutor in the Communication Skills Writing Lab spring semester. For, while student teaching was an invaluable learning opportunity, ten short weeks just didn’t give me as much classroom exposure as I would have liked. My cooperating teacher at East Aurora was also less than enthusiastic about his profession and students and I wanted—I needed—to observe and work with educators who believed in what they were doing.