Monday, November 20, 2006

Why I want to be a teacher

Honestly, I didn’t realize that I wanted to pursuit becoming a teacher until the end of my sophomore year into my junior year. Up until then I didn’t really know what I wanted to do with my life, I was good at building and programming computers so I figured I would go to a Tech school and do something with computers, just to make some money. It wasn’t really my passion but it was something I was good at and felt I could do it and be kind of happy. I also contemplated forest ranger and other outdoorsy type of jobs because I love the outdoors and I’m not really the person that can sit behind a desk for long periods of time with out loosing my mind. To sum it up I really didn’t know what the hell I wanted to do, I just knew what I was good at.

In the middle of my sophomore year, my math teacher approached me to help a fellow class mate in geometry, and since I had a 100 average in the class (literally) I figured why not. The girl I was tutoring had learning disabilities in math and was failing the class at the midterm. I started by just helping her with her homework and later on started talking to the teacher and teaching her minnie lessons of what they were going to do the next day in class to get her in the mind set before she was in the class. It worked, in the next semester she got a B in the class. It made me feel a satisfaction that I couldn’t describe seeing her satisfaction when she got that grade. I also, loved teaching her. It just made me feel real good to see how it all of a sudden would just click when she figured it out. While she still hates math, I feel she has a greater appreciation for it now that she understands it better.

After that semester, I decided that I wanted to become a teacher. I applied to all teaching colleges and I began tutoring for money at the school. The more I tutored the more I loved teaching even if all my students were not as thrilled to have me helping them as I was to help them. By the end of my senior year I was tutoring half of my pre calc class for the final.

So basically, the main reason I want to be a teacher is because I love to teach, it’s my passion. Sure I want to teach the youth of our nation and well prepare them to think critically in their pursuits in life, whether it be college or going out to the real world, but what it comes down to is that this is what makes me truly happy, and I really can’t wait to start teaching


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