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Adventist Youth Honors Answer Book/Vocational/Teaching

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North American Division


Skill Level 2
Year of Introduction: 1944



Earning this honor meets a requirement for:

The requirements below are for the North American Division NAD tiny.png. This honor has different requirements for the General Conference GC tiny.png.

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Investiture Achievement Connection: This Honor is related to the Investiture Achievement requirements for GUIDE Serving Others which require the Pathfinder choose to complete selected requirements from among several Honors, including this Honor. The Advanced Ribbon requires completion of a selected Honor, of which this is one of the options.

1. What education credentials are required for teaching the following:

a. Day care

b. Preschool

c. Elementary school

d. Secondary school

e. College

The requirements necessary to become a teacher vary dramatically from country to country, and in the United States, it varies from state to state. In general, a four year bachelors degree is required to teach elementary school, though often there is no direct "degree" in elementary education. Rather, the education certification is the "minor" one earns while receiving a bachelors' degree. If one is planning to teach in secondary school, the teacher often receives a degree in the subject of interest, and certification (whether denominational and/or state), as a minor or fifth year of education. Both elementary and secondary certifications require student teaching, which is either one-quarter or one-semester in length, depending on the program.

The path to becoming a college professor is much more varied. College professors eventually earn a doctorate in the area of their particular interest and giftedness. However, they may get that degree immediately after they finish a bachelors' or masters' degree, or years later either before they began teaching at a college level or after they have begun their professorship (but usually before they become full professors). College professors are specialists in their field of study, which means they have often been professionals in that field for a number of years prior to entering the college teaching scene.

2. What is the importance of teacher recertification?

Recertification is when you have someone’s certification or qualification renewed. Teacher recertification is the way that teachers keep "current" in the issues that affect their classrooms, their teaching style, and most importantly, their students. Most students think that their teachers get the summer off. In reality, most teachers spend a large portion of each summer attending summer school, taking additional classes that will help them be better teachers. In most cases, re-certification requirements require that a teacher earn a certain number of college credits every three years.

There are a variety of certifications and endorsements available to teachers. In the SDA teaching system, a teacher begins with a basic certification, after three years and some classes and tests, a teacher may receive a standard certification. After a significant number of years and education (usually a masters' degree) a teacher is eligible to receive a professional certification.

3. Interview at least two teachers, asking each the following questions:

a. What inspired you to become a teacher?

b. What are some responsibilities of a teacher?

c. What aspects of teaching do you like the best?

d. What aspects of teaching do you like the least?

e. What activities do you engage in to prepare for a school year?

f. How do you prepare for a school day?

g. What teacher-related activities do you do after school dismisses each day?

h. What are some qualities of a good teacher?

When interviewing a teacher, please keep the following tips in mind:

1. Teachers love to tell stories, and love to spend time with people... be prepared to listen!

2. Because teachers love people, they often have a hard time saying "no" or "could we do the interview later?" even when they are really busy and have lots of demands on their time. So, be polite and alert to what might be going on in the teacher's life and try to find a time not too near test week, a holiday, or the beginning or end of a term.

3. Take good notes. Teachers love to see that you care enough to write it down!

4. If your selected teacher is okay with it, record your interview on an audio or video device. This will allow you to go back and "review" what you've learned from the interview.

5. Don't limit yourself to this list of interview questions. Get your heart involved in the interview, and learn what you can about the teacher and what it is like to be one. This is a special one-on-one opportunity you have with a special person. Make the most of it!

4. Ask two teachers to tell you about two or more of the following teaching methods that they have found useful. Have them give examples of how they have used that method.

a. Adaptive learning

b. One-to-one

c. Asynchronous learning

d. Differentiated learning

e. Flipped classroom

f. Gamification

g. M-Learning

h. Personalized Learning

i. Project-based Learning

j. Place-based Learning

5. What is a lesson plan and why is it used? Have a teacher show you a sample lesson plan they have used.

6. Explore the Bible and the book Education by Ellen G. White to learn what teaching methods Jesus used. Compare and contrast teaching methods of Jesus to at least one from question 3. Present an oral report on what you learned.

The Bible can be searched online at http://www.biblegateway.com. The Ellen White writings can be viewed and searched online at http://www.whiteestate.org/search/search.asp

Choose the requirement based on your age.

7. Complete one of the following:

a. If you are 16 years old or younger, do two of the following for a minimum of 40 minutes per week for three weeks:

i. Assist a teacher in designing and preparing a bulletin board.

ii. Assist a teacher in preparing learning aids.

iii. Assist a teacher in developing a lesson plan.

iv. With the supervision of a teacher, teach a child or class at least one teaching methods concept.

b. If you are older than 16 years, do three of the following:

i. Teach an adults’ or children’s Sabbath School class for a minimum of six weeks.

ii. Teach in a department of Vacation Bible School.

iii. Teach three AY Honors.

iv. Assist in teaching requirements for one of the Investiture Achievement classes, culminating in investiture.

v. Teach a seminar from the AYMT (Adventist Youth Ministry Training) Staff curriculum.

Historical notes

When the original Honor for Teaching was accepted in 1944, it was for adult Master Guides and had only one requirement: "Have five years of professional teaching experience on the elementary, secondary, or college level."- Junior Missionary Volunteer Handbook, revision of 1957.

Many Honors have grown and changed over the years. Today we focus on development that allows our youth to participate in and earn any Honor.

The flag was changed from an American Flag to the UN flag to reflect the worldwide scope of Pathfindering.