10 Reasons Why I Want to Be a Teacher

10 Reasons Why I Want to Be a Teacher

To all those that ask, "why would you ever want to be a teacher?"
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As an education major you constantly hear the same comments from your peers over and over such as,“Wow I could NEVER do that,” “You realize you won’t make that much money,” and “So why do you want to be a teacher exactly?” For some reason the field of education is looked down upon by many. To the outside world teaching seems like such a essay job, and they think that's exactly why all us future teachers are majoring in education. However they may not realize that we want to be a teacher for many more meaningful reasons. So I will share with you a few of the main reasons many people, including myself want to become a teacher.

1. I Know that everyday I will be making an impact on someone's life


In how many other fields of work can you say that? As a teacher you know that everyday you are helping to mold and shape your students lives in some small way. You are constantly helping to broaden their minds, so that they can think in new ways. Its rewarding to know that you are helping others constantly.2.Working with kids is amazing!

Personally I think working with kids is much better than working with adults. Kids do not have a filter as we adults do. Kids are open to speaking their minds, being silly, and make the work day so much more interesting.

3. There is never a dull moment.

At the end of the day you know that you will always come home with some funny story to tell about your students. Sure sometimes students act out and can be exasperating, but no two days in the classroom are exactly alike. I know that I will never have to worry about getting bored with my profession.

4. I would much rather be surrounded by construction paper and story books than cubicles.


As a teacher there is so much room for creativity. You are constantly thinking of new and exciting ways to present lessons and making sure that learning is fun for your students. We get to build a classroom all our own, make bulletin boards, and so much more. I’m sure to most people it looks like we are just playing arts and crafts. I would never want to trade that for the mundane office setting.


5. Children are the future.


Someday these tiny human that are in your class will be all grown up. As a teacher you have the ability to help them learn skills and ways of thinking that will be needed when they are out there in the adult world. Someday these will be the people running the country!

6. Because I never want to stop learning.



I love to learn, and I don’t want a day to go by where I don’t learn something new. What better way to continue to learn than to become an educator. I will constantly be learning from my fellow teachers and even my students!

7. Watching students have that “lightbulb” moment makes everything worthwhile.


There is nothing better than watching a student's expression as they get an answer right, or when a concept finally makes clicks in their mind. In that moment all the time and effort you put in as a teacher is worth it. Students are amazed that they can do something all on their own now, and you are just happy to know that you were apart of that.

8. You become a very patient and understanding person.


Being a teacher and working with kids makes you become one of the most patient people. You come to understand that everyone has their own differences and develops at their own rate. This is something that I can apply not only in the classroom, but to life in general.


9. Working with kids brings out the child in me.


This doesn't mean that in the classroom I act like a child, rather that being around them brings back that childlike mindset. The simplest things make them happy, like coloring or recess. Being around them reminds me that I shouldn’t always take everything so seriously, and that I too should stop and take a moment to enjoy the simple things in life.


10. I could never imagine doing anything else with my life.


I honestly couldn’t imagine spending the rest of my life doing anything else. Sure I will have to spend hours making lesson plans, be up at the crack of dawn to get to school on time, and deal with a cranky kid or two but I know that my job is going to be very rewarding. I get to show others how much fun learning can be, and that sounds like the most amazing job out there to me!







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To The Boy Who Will Love Me Next

If you can't understand these few things, leave before things get too involved
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To the boy that will love me next, I need you to know and understand things about me and my past. The things I have been though not only have shaped the person I’ve become, but also sometimes controls my life. In the past I’ve been used, abused, and taken for granted, and I want something real this time. The guys before you were just boys; they didn’t know how to treat me until it was too late. They didn’t understand how to love me, until I broke my own heart. Before you truly decide to love me I want you to understand these things.

When I tell you something, please listen.

I’m my own person, I want to be loved a certain way. If I ask you to come over and watch movies with me please do it, if I ask for you to leave me alone for a few hours because it’s a girl’s night please do it. I don’t just say things to hear my own voice, I say things to you because it’s important to my life and the way I want to be loved. I’m not a needy person when it comes to being loved and cared for, but I do ask for you to do the small things that I am say.

Forgive my past.

My past is not a pretty brick road, it is a highway that has a bunch of potholes and cracks in it. I have a lot of baggage, and most of it you won’t understand. But don’t let my past decided whether you want to love me or not. My past has helped form who I am today, but it does not define who I am. My past experiences might try and make an appearance every once in a while, but I will not go back to that person I once was, I will not return to all that hurt I once went though. When I say those things, I’m telling the complete and honest truth. I relive my past every day, somethings haunt me and somethings are good reminds. But for you to love me, I need you to accept my past, present and future.

I’m just another bro to the other guys.

I have always hung out with boys, I don’t fit in with the girl groups. I have 10 close girlfriends, but the majority of my friends are guy, but don’t let this scare you. If I wanted to be with one of my guy friends I would already be with him, and if you haven’t noticed I don’t want them because I’m with you. I will not lose my friendships with all my guy friends to be able to stay with you. I will not cut off ties because you don’t like my guy friends. I have lost too many buddies because of my ex-boyfriends and I promised myself I wouldn’t do that again. If you don’t like how many guy friends I have you can leave now. Don’t bother trying to date me if you can accept the fact I’m just another bro.

I might be a badass, but I actually have a big heart.

To a lot of people I come off to be a very crazy and wild girl. I will agree I can be crazy and wild, but I’m more than that. I’m independent, caring, responsible, understanding, forgiving, and so such more type of woman. Many people think that I’m a badass because I don’t take any negatively from anyone. Just like we learned when we were younger, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all.” Most people can’t do that in today’s world, so I stick up for myself and my friends. I don’t care what anyone thinks about me, or their option on how I live my life. The only thing I care about is being able to make myself happy. Even though I’m an independent woman, understand that I do have a big heart. Honesty when I truly care for someone I will do just about anything they ask, but don’t take advantage of this. Once you take advantage of this part of me, all respect will be lost for you.

I’m hard to love.

Sometimes I want to be cuddle and get attention, and sometimes I don’t want you to talk to me for a couple hours. Sometimes I want you to take me out for a nice meal, but sometimes I want a home cooked meal. Every day is different for me, sometimes I change my mind every hour. My mood swings are terrible on certain days, and on those days you should probably just ignore me. I’m not easy to love, so you’ll either be willing to find a way to love me, or you’ll walk out like so many others have.

I’m scared.

I’m scared to love someone again. I’ve been hurt, heartbroken, and beat to the ground in my past relationships. I want to believe you are different, I want to hope things will truly work out, but every relationship has always ended up the same way. I’m scared to trust someone, put my whole heart into them, just to be left and heartbroken again. I sick and tired of putting my whole body and soul into someone for them to just leave when it is convenient for them. If you want to love me, understand it won’t be easy for me to love you back.

When “I’m done.”

When I say “I’m done” I honestly don’t mean that I’m done. When I say that it means I need and want you to fight for me, show me why you want to be with me. I need you to prove that I’m worth it and there’s no one else but me. If I was truly done, I would just walk away, and not come back. So if I ever tell you, “I’m done,” tell me all the reasons why I’m truly not done.

For the boy who will love me next, the work is cut out for you, you just have to be willing to do it. I’m not like other girls, I am my own person, and I will need to be treated as such. For the boy that will love me next, don’t bother with me unless you really want to be with me. I don’t have time to waste on you if you aren’t going to try and make something out of us. To the boy who will love me next, the last thing I would like to say is good luck, I have faith in you.

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Gendered Expectations Make It Harder To Express Ourselves

Masculine and feminine communication is encouraged by societal norms, which can make it hard to be our most authentic selves.

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I'm a communications major. In actuality, I'm a communication management major, which is confusing to explain to those who are not familiar with the program, or in the program, themselves. Communication management, to me, involves learning how to communicate effectively on a more interpersonal level, with a focus on micro-communication. This is a different level of communication than that of how the media communicates messages to us on a macro level. Because my major is so focused on the day-to-day, interpersonal interactions, I find myself pointing out communications theories, in real life, to the people I feel comfortable with. I totally own this nerdy and dorky side of myself, and it does not stop me from applying the concepts learned in class, to my life.

Last semester, I took a gender communication course with one of my favorite professors. One of the concepts we learned that really stuck with me is this notion of gendered speech communities, which translates to more masculine communication on one side of the spectrum and more feminine communication on the other side of it. I have a running joke with my parents when I identify a more masculine or a more feminine communication pattern in a conversation with, that that's just gendered speech communities at it again!

The further individuals get into their selected majors, the more overlap there is in different courses. This idea of gendered speech communities followed me into my communication and negotiation course, which I have written previous articles about because I have come to adore this class so much. At one point in the semester, this professor encouraged the idea of the "neutral no," which is simply saying no, with no emotion and no explanation behind it. More feminine communicators, who have been encouraged by societal norms and expectations, have fallen into this role of following the word, no, with an explanation, an excuse, or an apology.

My communication and negotiation professor brought to light this idea of how women have been conditioned and encouraged to be agreeable and soft, while men have been conditioned to be more stoic and less expressive about their emotions. From the evolutionary standpoint, women are the nurturers, the gatherers, the ones who are supposed to be warm, the caregivers, while men were the hunters, the fighters, the protectors. These roles have been encouraged by gendered speech communicators in modern day society.

Women who go against this societal expectation and norm, who are more masculine communicators tend to be colder, more stoic, can set clear boundaries, have no problem saying neutral no's, with no explanation and no apology; they are not afraid to be direct and to the point, which can sometimes be offputting to people who are not used to that kind of communication from a woman. They can be perceived as an "iron maiden" who can't be hurt and don't express emotions since it's a sign of weakness.

At the end of the day, no matter what kind of communicator you are, we all are human. We all have feelings. We don't owe anyone anything, including explanations or apologies along with our no. Men fall into the trap of societal expectations and norms as women do, with being encouraged not to express emotions or show vulnerability, because it is a sign of weakness, and you aren't a " real man" if you do do that. That isn't fair, either, because, again, at the end of the day, we're all human beings.

We all experience heartbreak, joy, sadness, loneliness, happiness, and should be able to express that and more, and just be our complete and most authentic selves with no shame. We all should be able to say yes to what we want and no to what we don't want without it being an issue of obliging to social cues, norms, and expectations. No can actually be a love word, as it's been said before, and it can be so empowering to simply say it, with no explanation or apology. Those who really care about you and value you will respect your no, no matter how you choose to say it.

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