Why Teaching Is The Most Important Profession

Why Teaching Is The Most Important Profession

It doesn't deserve the disrespect it gets.
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I've wanted to be a teacher since I moved on from my dream of being a ballerina at the age of four. It has been a practical life path choice, but one that keeps get solidified as I take more education classes each year in college.

People have to want to teach, you have to have a drive for it, a passion for it. It's not an occupation to just decide upon if you can't make up your mind on something. It takes a lot of commitment, hours of grading, lesson planning, understanding children, and being knowledgeable in many subject areas.

When people look down on teaching, I don't know how much more naive they could possibly be. I'm tired of hearing, "Why would you ever want to teach?" It's not about how much money you make, it's not about getting the summers off, it's not about being done at 3p.m. every day. Teaching is an all day job. When you are done with a school day you go home and grade tests from the week and prepare lesson plans for the next day. You also prepare lessons, projects, homework, and tests the whole summer as well as throughout the year.

Besides the fact that it's a lot harder than most people think, it's also a lot more important. People think the most important occupations follow along the lines of doctors, lawyers, and other well-paying jobs. Those are definitely important, but children would never come to the conclusion that they wanted to do that if they didn't attend school and have certain teachers that impacted them in those fields. There would be no doctors, lawyers, politicians, writers, or scientists if there weren't teachers.

Teachers impact students’ lives every day. They help shape students' minds and lay their foundation of knowledge across all subjects. Students wouldn't set goals for the future to become doctors if they didn't excel or find interest in what they learned in their science classes throughout their schooling years. Students would never pursue writing if they weren't taught how to form sentences and read novels. Students would never wish to be politicians if they didn't understand the importance government in this country, which would have been displayed to them in various Social Studies classes.

The point is, teachers directly effect students. Every successful teacher has one specific goal, and that's to motivate students to try their best. The classroom is a safe place for students to learn, they enjoy learning and that joy produces a passion for a future career path. Maybe people look down on teachers because GREAT teachers are few and far between, but most students can pinpoint a specific teacher or two from their past that really opened up their mind about a subject or really made them love it.

Think about it, without a great teacher no one would want to be anything. No one would find the drive in a specific subject or find something they were great in if a specific individual didn’t help open their eyes to it. I hope to be one of those impactful teachers that my students look back on and say was a positive stepping stone in their path towards the future.

Next time when someone tells you that they are a teacher or an education major, don’t roll your eyes or shake your head-- look at them with gratitude. After all, you wouldn’t have gotten to where you are now in the first place without some very beneficial teachers.

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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.
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Hey,

So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?

Sincerely,

Me

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Sometimes "Out With The Old In With The New" Isn't the Best thing

We can't lose touch of the simpler things in life

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When I think about how much has changed and how much my world has developed since I was little, I get mind boggled realizing how different things are. I work at a restaurant in the city that I grew up in and I see famillies come and go for dinner every night. They all seem the same. The parents will walk in, check in with the hostesses and wait to be seated. If they're asked to wait, the kids sit by their parents sides playing on phones that are probably too young to have. I understand that waiting can get tedious and boring. By the time that they would sit down, I'd imagine that they would put down the devices and engage in some good old fashion conversation. I was wrong. It made me sad to see kids eating dinners with their families with zero interaction. When I was younger, I enjoyed the quality conversations I would have with my family when we got breaks from our all very hectic schedules. It's amazing how much technology has advanced, but sometimes, I believe that we might rely on it too much.

Seems like more and more things are becoming industrialized. Those "mom and pop" shops are closing down due to corporate companies buying the land. I have enough Walmart and Targets in a ten minute radius from me. Sure, places like these carry necessities are important, but when local Nurseries are closed down in order to build a new gas station, it just becomes sad. As things progress more, the more we lose touch of our roots. The places that make home special and different. The moments we have as a kid that don't involve a light on our face. Modernism is a powerful and amazing thing but we need to take a step back and reevaluate what we hold closest to us.

All in all, as we continue to develop, I will continue to advocate for the simpler moments and the simpler times. I don't think my kids will need iPhones right out of elementary school, I'll continue to visit the same hometown shops and give them as much business as possible, I'll always ask if he kids want coloring sheets at the dinner table. Although these small things might not matter in our everyday new world, they matter to me. I will always try to have so much fun that I forget to document things with my phone. The laughter and memories without the technology present. Those are the moments worth remembering.

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