The Center for Future Educators at The College of New Jersey encourages your participation in the Teacher for a Day program – a special program for future teachers sponsored by the New Jersey Education Association. Get all of the details here!
Teacher for a Day is a program that allows individuals from the community to experience an entire school day. Under the watchful eye of a regular classroom teacher, Guest Teachers perform all the duties a teacher would do in a normal day – teaching class, performing lunch and corridor duty, recess supervision, study halls- in order to “walk a mile” in educators’ shoes.
Why is a program like this necessary?
It’s been many years since most members of the public have been in a classroom. Given that a fraction of any community’s adult population has school-age children, most people don’t have an accurate understanding of what our schools are all about today. There is no better way to illustrate the experience of teaching than to let the public share that experience firsthand through this important program.
By bringing public figures and members of the community into the schools, and having them witness the real-life, everyday educational environment, we can expect to achieve two major public relations goals: to raise public awareness of what we do, and to develop broad-based support for teachers and students alike while dispelling the myth that teaching is a “cushy job.”