Why I chose teaching....
|Why I want to be a teacher...|
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|