Reasons to be a teacher
More than anything I do during my life, I want to make a difference and leave a positive impression on the world. I want to do something good with the life I have been given while enjoying the work I do at the same time. Thankfully, there is a profession that can afford me such an opportunity: being a teacher would be beneficial for me and for children, whose company is irreplaceable to me.
Teachers have knowledge and skills to impart to children, as well as the capabilities and personalities to communicate facts effectively while piquing interest and creating a love of learning that can last a lifetime. By demonstrating respect and understanding, a teacher can engage children and encourage them to take learning into their own hands. It may seem selfish, but I want so much to be the driver either initiating or maintaining a desire to learn and even excel.
Additionally, as a teacher, I would have the chance to offer advice, enforce discipline, and give praise when it may be needed most. While teachers should not be the sole source of such things, they can guide a child in the right direction while not acting as parents or babysitters. Also, children need validation only adults can supply in order to be confident enough to thrive and try new things, and teachers can provide that validation.
With that said, teachers can act as role models for children. As a kind, knowledgeable, interesting, discerning, and entertaining educator who could show students my belief in their talents and abilities, I could demonstrate that learning is not just important, but also fun! When I tutored an employer's 7th-grade daughter, I realized that sometimes, in order to encourage a child to learn and succeed, it was as simple as making a good example of myself.
In addition to serving as a resource for and guide of childhood learning and development, I know I myself would benefit from my service. I would discover more about the world by educating children about it and within it, more about their needs and habits, and more about myself. Teaching would allow me the opportunity to grow alongside students while, I hope, allowing them to grow as well.
There are a wealth of traits and experiences of mine that I think would serve me well as an educator. I have so much energy, flexibility and humility, all of which I have been able to utilize successfully in leadership roles. Most importantly, I connect well with the child within me, and I remember to put students first.
One of the purest sources of pleasure I take pleasure in is the laughter, insight and love of a child. It is fascinating - and rather easy - to bond with a youth in the same stages of learning and development I was once in, and it is even more amazing to be involved in that part of their lives. I savor the immense enjoyment of being around children most when volunteering at the Cal Poly Children's Center. There are few things more wonderful than when a two-year-old approaches me and asks me to read his favorite book to him, when a young girl automatically apologizes to her friend after your lessons in manners, or when a child sits in your lap and hugs you.
Teachers can play so many positive roles in the lives of children. Just from a classroom, they can open the world up to children. The world is full of so many wonderful things to learn about and discover, and I want to be a teacher to help children realize this.