STEM Instructor

July 26, 2016 at 03:09 pm

I'm frustrated. I've been irritated all morning. But, that's okay, because in just over 30 minutes I know that that'll all disappear. That's when a bunch of wonderful campers are going to be joining me for another exciting day of STEM classes here at Sunset Lake camp.

That "little bit of experience teaching something related" has come and gone. I just completed my time as the STEM Instructor at Sunset Lake, which consisted of teaching two Lego robotics camps and one electrical engineering camp — fun and a great learning experience for me and [I hope] also for the 25 campers I taught throughout the summer. It turned out great, but going into it, I didn't really know what to expect.

Over the past year, I applied for both this summer STEM instructor position and a high school math position in Yap for this coming school year. All of this was before having any idea whether I would actually like or was any good at teaching or working with children.

I was concerned about whether or not I'd be good working with kids, considering I recall one time I interacted with kids in the last few years. Yet, people have heard good things about me from the campers I've taught. They think I'm patient. Some told their counselor that I should go into therapy rather than become a teacher.

I was concerned about whether or not I'd be good at teaching, considering I've never taught before. I've only ever helped people with homework, and I was a TA for a quarter. But here at Sunset Lake, Josh and Joe, who are both teachers, have guided me as I have been learning how to teach and manage a class. I've gotten lots of feedback and had good discussions with people who have sat in on or helped out with my classes.

Camp has given me a taste of what this next year might be like. I'm looking forward to an awesome school year.