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  • I wish I knew then what I know now

    Ellen Cohn, PhD
    Skill Building
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    About two years ago, I made an important decision.  I decided to leave my life in the lab and become a high school biology teacher.  I took this leap in my career without much preparation.  When I made the decision, I was accepted into a program where I took classes on education and teaching while I was working in the classroom.  Although these classes were somewhat helpful, there are several things that I wish that I had done or known before I made the change.  Although I still consider myself a new teacher, I hope that I can give a little bit of advice to those who are considering making this kind of change. In college and in graduate school, I did not take any psychology classes.  They just didn’t fit into my schedule, but I wish that I had learned something about psych, especially child and ...