Can Anyone Be a Teacher?

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"After years of rote learning, a lot of teachers have spent their entire lives in a school system that missed the engagement revolution," said Jennifer Anastasoff, president and founding CEO of Encorps, which draws professionals in the fields of math, science, and engineering into the teaching world.

But not every scientist or engineer should be a teacher, Anastasoff said at the Big Ideas Fest earlier this week.

"People figure it out for themselves after they try teaching," she said. "It might be better for them to be an after-school aid or a technologist in education. Not everyone should teach."

Consider the teaching profession like a long-term relationship, she suggested. You should date each other for a while before you commit to getting married.