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I have always known that I wanted to be a teacher, but when I was a senior in High School I was able to do some Ďcadetí teaching with my old fifth grade teacher.† I have always looked up to her and found her to be my inspiration.†† When I went to work at Three Oaks Elementary as an intern for Mrs. Ringlerís fifth grade, I thought I was going to be there to assist her, teach and just be there to help the students.† Little did I know that I would soon become a friend to each of the children as well as view them as my friends.† I never expected to feel close to these kids or think that I would learn much other than techniques to use when I have my very own classroom.† As it turns out, I was wrong.† I learned that there is a lot more to teaching than opening a textbook.†

Mrs. Ringlerís students really changed my thinking about what my job as an intern was to be and what my job as a teacher will be.† I walked in the classroom, and they all said hello and then goodbye when I had to leave for the day.† It was so funny to me when I see them in the hallway, and they run up to me and said ďHello.Ē They are glad to see me and are eager to learn for the day.† I never thought I would get such a response out of these fifth graders.† I was stunned that they looked up to me and were curious and anxious to learn.† Maybe it was just because I am different and not just their regular teacher. I give them variety in the day.† However, knowing that I have developed a friendship with each of those children has really changed my view of them.† I didnít necessarily think that I was better than they were or too good for them to talk to, but I didnít in my wildest dreams think that I would receive that reaction from them.† I am proud to have been a part of their fifth grade year.† That opportunity had proven something to me. I definitely want to pursue my career in teaching, but also realized that it isnít all about the students receiving Aís.††† The rewards are indescribable, not necessarily monetarily, but emotionally.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last Updated: 3-20-03

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