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?"

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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6 Things I Learned My Freshman Year of College

In college you learn something new everyday.

I think we all have a general assumption about what college is going to be like when you start: endless freedom, partying, interesting classes, etc. I think I speak for quite a few college students when I say, college is actually very different than I imagined it to be. That being said, there are a few things (I have learned a lot of things, but these are some of the most important ones) I have learned so far, so I thought I would share.

1. You will miss your family.

Okay, yeah, I know that is kind of a given, but a lot of us get excited to leave the house and live on our own. You don't really realize how much of an impact your family had on your life until you don't live with them anymore. I have always been an independent person, but I cry sometimes because I miss my parents. It happens. It's inevitable, but it happens.

2. Office hours are SO important.

Most of your classes will have about 200 students. so one-on-one time with your professor doesn't happen anymore. You don't have the same relationship with college professors that you had with high school teachers, so it is up to you to create that relationship. You are on your own in college classes. They aren't going to be reminding you that you have something due, so telling you exactly what to study for an exam, so it is up to you.

3. Class is also SO important.

I know it can be tempting to skip classes, especially because a lot of them don't take attendance. Unless you really have to, it is in your best interest to go to class. You (or your parents) are paying for your classes, so try to go to class.

4. Living is expensive.

Now that you have to grocery shop for yourself, buy clothes, and other things you may need, you will probably catch yourself saying things like, "$15 for a shirt? Yeah, maybe if I was rich." One of your biggest excuses to not do something will be "I'm broke."

5. You are never going to feel like you're actually in college.

To this day, I still can't believe I am in college. Life feels so much different during this time and I sometimes have to stop myself and say, "You can do this. You're in college now."

6. Everyone is basically going through the same thing.

Whether you are struggling with a class, homesickness, or something else, we are all in this together. No one is judging you for wearing your pajamas to class because they are probably wearing theirs to. College is way different than high school. It isn't easy for everyone, but we are all working through it.

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My Work. My Grade. Right?

How much of a role should students play in the grading process.

This weeks task, essay. I think to myself, “I have this in the bag.” It’s an opinionated piece where could I possibly go wrong.

“Argument is jaded,” “thesis is not developed enough,” “ideas are too scattered,” “blah blah blah blah blah.” This is not fair. My argument and my thesis represents my individual thoughts and opinions on the issues at hand. How can it possibly be fair for me to be graded on an opinionated assignment.

This weeks task, math exam. I think to myself, ” I do not have this in the bag.” It’s all formulas and problem solving questions that I still have no idea how to do.

“Wrong formula,” “not rounded,” “blah blah blah blah.” This is fair. I didn’t memorize enough of the formulas. I didn’t do enough practice problems.

When it comes to students being involved with the grading process of their individual works, I believe it is important to include their input to some extent. There are subjects such as math, science, and others that do not really require student input. However, topics that could offer a little more involvement are the ones that allow the student to express themselves in a more intimate manner. Essays, arguments, discussions, and presentations should offer more involvement with students due to the fact that they, in my opinion, have no right or wrong answer. There are so many various approaches to every argument and every topic that I believe every student should have a say in the grading process. As long as the student is well prepared and is able to stand for their work, they should be able to have a say in the grading process.

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