Friday, December 5, 2014

Why I Chose to be a Teacher

"A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the student with a desire to learn is hammering on a cold iron." ~ Horace Mann

Education must begin with the students, for within each student lies a part of the future generations that will one day lead our culture. Because the future lies within the students, so must their willingness and eagerness to learn. The professional educator must make it his goal to help in instilling the values of learning and hard work in the hearts of the students. They must become intrinsically motivated.

In order to achieve this goal, the teacher must understand and connect with his students. The students of today learn differently than those of yesterday, just as will those of tomorrow. Accordingly, the professional educator must constantly adapt to those changes.

I want to become a teacher for a very simple reason - I want to make a difference. While there are many fields in which I could accomplish this goal, I feel that education is the one in which I can have the greatest impact. Every day, thousands of youths around the world are being told that they aren't good enough, or that they just "can't". As a teacher, I feel I have a positive platform from which to dispel that fallacy.

After having my first teaching career, I realized that teaching is a profession that can be supremely exhausting, but I know in my heart that the benefits outweigh the fatigue ten times over. Teaching requires patience, understanding, compassion, and enthusiasm - all things that I am more than willing to provide on a daily basis.