N T A Informing & Inspiring New Teachers a Kappa Delta Pi publication Volume 22, No. 3 KDP Executive Director FAYE SNODGRESS Managing Editor SALLY RUSHMORE Assistant Editors KATHIE-JO ARNOFF LAURIE QUAY EMILY ZOSS Art Director CHUCK JARRELL The Student Athlete’s Guide to Student Teaching By Sean P. Duckworth STUDENT TEACHING NTA Advisors THERESA BECCATELLI HEATHER COWHERD ROBERT GRIGGS MADELINE KOVARIK JACQUELINE MANN LISA MURLEY ROBIN QUICK ADRIENNE LORMÉ REDDY GINA RILEY STEPHANIE SCHAEFER TINA SNOW NICHOLAS J. ULIANO Baseball was and always will be my first love. Throughout my childhood and adolescence, baseball was an obsession, a passion, and an escape from reality. Something happened between those white lines that allowed me to leave this world and become part of a dream. Time became meaningless, and the most important thing in the world was right there in front of me. This passion led me to a small college, where I began to fall in love with a different kind of passion: a passion for teaching and education. Like baseball, teaching takes a lot of time and practice. As a beginning teacher, you may fail before you can succeed. As a student athlete, my college career had many more failures than successes; how-ever, those experiences prepared me for my teaching career. My sports background, along with help from my professors and co-teachers, helped me succeed as a student teacher. Much that I learned as a student athlete applied to my student teaching. These six tips will help you transition into student teaching. Mr. Duckworth played baseball at Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, North Carolina. He is currently working as an Educational Assistant at Elizabeth Haddon Elementary School in Haddonfield, New Jersey. He wants a full-time teaching position and will return to school soon to advance his education. ISSN 1070-7379 published four times during the school year by Kappa Delta Pi, 3707 Woodview Trace, Indianapolis, IN 46268-1158. Send all subscription orders and editorial correspondence to address above, call 1-800-284-3167, or visit KDP Online at www.kdp.org. Subscription rate: $12.00, members, per year, $20.00 for 2 years; $15.00, nonmembers, $25.00 for 2 years. Single copies, $3.50 (+s&h). Third-class bulk permit paid at Columbus, Ohio. Postmaster does not return issue to publisher with address change. Subscriber must send changes to: Kappa Delta Pi, 3707 Woodview Trace, Indianapolis, IN 46268-1158. ©2015 Kappa Delta Pi. All rights reserved. 1. Never forget one passion because you are moving on to another. If you show a passion for your sport, students will become very inquisitive and ask questions. This allows you to make great connections with your students. If they see and hear you sharing your passion, they will begin to share their passions. This facilitates a very open environment in your classroom, and students will be more likely to come to you if they are having trouble. 2. Do not hide your competitive urges. Not every student you have will be a sports lover, but everyone becomes involved when there is a little competi-tion. Engaging games, races, and timed activities will get students more excited to come to class and participate. 3. Know your role. This one is especially important for all my fellow male teach-ers, even though it works the same for women. Many male students are look-ing for a male role model, often because they either do not have one, or they have a poor one at home. We all know that sports figures are not necessarily the best role models. Who better to be a role model than someone the student will see every day and be able to connect with on both an educational and athletic level? You can be that role model.