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Both from my family experiences and my experiences with teachers I have decided to pursue a career in teaching. Due to the fact that I am the oldest grandchild in my generation I have been deemed the family babysitter. I have always been around children and always been supervising them and trying to find creative things to do to pass the time. When it came time to decide what I wanted to do with my life I looked back on all of the times I spent babysitting my cousins, showing them how to do things and helping them with their homework and decided that I enjoyed helping kids learn and have fun, and that teaching seemed like a career that would allow me to do that. Sometime during the middle of my high school career I got the chance to intern in a second grade class. After my internship experience I knew that teaching was the job for me. I loved doing activities with the students and answering their questions. I even liked helping the teacher grade the tests and quizzes. Since then I have talked to several family and friends that are teachers. I’ve heard the good stories, the bad stories, and the joys and obstacles of becoming, and staying, a teacher. For thirteen years my aunt has been teaching in various schools and has constantly told me of new obstacles that teachers face. Talking to her over the years has opened my eyes to many of the problems that I will have to face to become a teacher. It
has allowed me time to think about if I really want to deal with these problems and still teach; which of course right now is yes. I would also like the opportunity to influence a new generation of children in a very important and positive way. All my life I have viewed education as one of the most important aspects of life. Your education influences your future in so many ways. Viewing it in this way has always led me to see education in an enthusiastic way that does nothing but help my future. I see so many students nowadays that are unenthused about their education and so many students drop out of school. While being a teacher I hope to share my enthusiasm for education and help students understand that learning can be fun and can open up so many doorways for the future. When I interned in a second grade classroom I immediately knew that I wanted to teach the younger age groups. When in the classroom the students still seemed so interested and eager to learn. I also interned in a middle school class and the main thing I noticed was that the students treated learning as a chore. As something they had to do but didn’t want to or see the good in it. The younger grades also have more of a respect for the teacher. In high school especially, the students a lot of the time do not treat the teacher like someone who is meant to be respected and listened to. Most of the students view the teacher as someone who is just wasting their time. I’ve heard high school students swear at the teacher to their face and make inappropriate comments, especially to female teachers. Those are problems
that I do not want to have to deal with. I want to teach students who are still interested in their education and have respect for educators. When it comes to elementary school educators, they are expected to teach all of the major subject areas to their students, however my favorites are reading and science. I have loved to read ever since I can remember. Reading just opens up your imagination and for me has greatly improved my vocabulary. For science, when I observed the students in my internship I had and awesome time participating in the science experiments and it’s so nice to see how fascinated the students were to see the results of the experiments, especially when it was a result of their own participation. Over time I have noticed that schools have started to give more to the students. Schools today provide more extracurricular activities and programs to help students broaden their horizons. There are also programs such as drug prevention and other help programs that serve to guide and promote the well being of the students during the educational process. Schools are also taking large steps to help students find their individual interests and applying their interests to possible job options. I think that it’s very important for schools to provide these opportunities to their students. With school being were students spend the majority of their time and form the majority of their experiences when growing up, there should be plenty of opportunities for students to explore interests and be able to find help and acceptance whenever they need it. The obligations of schools, in my opinion, is not just to prepare students for a successful job or to teach them how to
take tests, but to provide good memories and a solid base for students to build on throughout their years. When it comes to learning, schools should provide plenty of opportunities for students who wish to go beyond the normal curriculum, while at the same time provide help for students who may fall behind. There should also be technologies available for all students to help with presentations, resources, and networking through all grades. Along with the educational process’s increasing focus on the students, teachers’ role in the classroom is also changing. Instead of the traditional teaching methods of constant lecturing, there are new methods being investigated involving the different learning tendencies and intelligences of students. Teachers are investigating new ways to accommodate the students’ different ways of learning to make the learning process easier. Teachers are also encouraged to relate with their students on somewhat of a personal manner so that a history can form between the teacher and his/her class. Teachers have a greater responsibility for the well being of their students nowadays. By developing relationships with the students, teachers are more familiar with the students and are able to detect major differences in their attitudes and/or appearance and are hopefully then able to detect any problems such as depression or abuse. Even with all of the changes in the role of teachers, they will still always be universally known as facilitators of learning. When in the classroom teachers should be friendly and warm towards the students but at the same time an authority figure that is to be respected and listened to.
Teaching is a job that everyone has had some exposure to sometime in their lives. For the majority of childhood and even early adulthood people have constant interaction with teachers and are constantly influenced by these interactions. One of the main characteristics that a teacher needs to have is enthusiasm. When coming in to teach the students pick up on the teachers attitude almost at once thus if a teacher comes into the classroom without any enthusiasm for the material then the students won’t either. Another extremely important attribute for a teacher to utilize is creativity. After observing the teachers in their classrooms when the teachers used creativity in their lesson plans the students seemed more interested and participated more than when teachers just lectured and had the students work alone for the majority of the time. A teacher is one of the most influential people in a students’ life. They play a part in molding the young mind and significantly influence the students’ future. Teachers should also be encouraging to all of their students when it comes to challenges that students may face. For instance, Thomas Fleming, a high school dropout, went back to school to become a teacher and even get a Master’s degree. He now makes sure to pay attention to students who drop out, or have learning disabilities, or who have family problems. He often gives the advice that, “there is still time to make good choices.” This is something that all teachers should make sure to do, especially at a young age, when family life, pressure, and confidence play such a vital role in a student’s life.
Education has always been and always will be an extremely important component in a developing person’s life. The extent of a person’s education today can limit or expand the number of opportunities in a person’s future. The general purpose of education has always been to prepare and equip an individual with the necessary skills to become a productive member of society. Curriculum in schools is overall a good idea for the educational system. However what curriculum should consist of has been a point of heated debate. The normal focus on “Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic” is starting to become inadequate in the new technology based society. I think that technology should be implemented into the classroom and should be part of the educational curriculum, considering the constant upgrading of new technologies into society. For assessment of students, standardized testing does not seem like the best method. Making a student try and take a test that requires them to remember all of the knowledge learned on the spot seems unfair. Even if the tests were broken up into smaller blocks where it seemed like a series of quizzes instead of two straight hours of testing, might help students because some are just not good at test taking. A student may grasp a certain concept but then do poorly on a test. Also, with High-Stakes testing the tests are given to students who may not have as many resources as other schools. It seems unfair to evaluate all of the students on the same level when most of the time the difference from school to school is inherently different. To assess students a look at their past work should be done and then analyzed to see if the student has properly
progressed throughout the school year. Teacher evaluations should also be done to see if the student is properly progressing and if not if it’s for a lack of trying or just problems the student has with learning the material. Overall, when I finally enter the classroom I hope to achieve growth and learning for both myself and my students. There have been many questions and concerns that I have had to consider on my journey to become a teacher. However, with the experiences I have had with teachers and family both I am still confident that this career is the right one for me. Nevertheless, once I am in the classroom and become comfortable, I am confident that I will be able to influence my students positively and successfully deal with the challenges I face. Sources: 25 Teachers Who Drastically Changed the Worldhttp://www.teachingtips.com/blog/2008/07/02/25-teachers-who-drasticallychanged-the-world/
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