Inspiration, No Discouragement, Please
I am a late 20 year old woman who has always wanted to be a teacher. I can’t tell you how many times I hear people ask me why when I tell them what I am going back to school for. "Why not?" I ask them in return. They always say something like "Well teachers don’t make much money" or "You won’t be able to find a job in this economy, it's a waist of your time and money" or "Because you have more potential than that." All of these are really bothersome to me. Mostly the later of the three, all of us went to school, and we learned what we do from someone who went to school to teach other how to do things. If your learning how to do something like say work on a car, wouldn't you want the best of the best teaching you how and someone who actually cares enough to be there?
Don’t people see the way our kids are growing up and how their morals are changing for the worse? I go to a store and come out with my hands full and pause at the door, nine out of ten times an older man will hold the door for me, a younger man will go to another door if one is available or open it and let him self through first then perhaps hold the door for me. Yes I could just use my back side to push the door open for me, but growing up even as a female I was taught you hold the door for others, especially if they have their arms full or are elderly or pregnant. Many kids don’t care about education and making something of them self’s. I want to change that. I want to inspire kids to reach for what they truly want to do and what makes them happy not what make the most money or has the most to offer. Yes, right now in 2011 teaching jobs are slim but there is people retiring everyday and the need for teachers is in greater demand elsewhere. I don’t need people to tell me these things I already know; instead people should be more encouraging and happy that someone wants to take on the younger generation (and their parents). I am a nurse (LPN) and I thought that I might make a difference there but no one wants to take on change they are all just quick to say give me medicine. I was and still am very unhappy in that profession. I have currently started working at a day care/learning facility and I love it. I make a little over minimal wage but I’m not miserable when I go home. I learn firsthand what I like and don’t like about parenting at every age group and I make a difference. When I get to my classroom my kids are excited to see me and we work on everyday tasks and take on new ones. The look in their eyes when they accomplish something (especially for the first time) is what I am here for. My end goal is to teach elementary students and move up from the toddlers- kindergarten age and make a difference in school.
I can’t understand why anyone would not want to be a teacher. Here is a little poem that helped to inspire me to keep going even when everyone always has something bad to say about the profession....oh and may I also remind you that I work no weekend or holidays and no late nights except for "home work". :)
The poem that was given to me that I found instirational can be found at this link