I became a teacher last year. But why?
From a very young age, I dreamt of being a teacher. I was one of those dorks who had a whiteboard and chalkboard set up in my room. Santa brought them.. he knew my intentions! I taught to my teddy bears, and dolls, all the time. That being said, there was never a doubt in my mind that I would grow up to be a teacher. No other profession crossed my mind, and I couldn’t see myself not teaching children.
Most people think of teachers and say “They only work 9 months out of the year,” “They don’t work long hours like I do in the office,” “They go on field trips,” and so on. I can assure you, teaching isn’t like this. But even if it was, that’s not why I went into this field.
Honestly, I’m not really sure where my strong desire to be a teacher came from. Neither of my parents are teachers, and I have a few family members who are teachers, but it wasn’t a huge impact on me growing up. It was just one of those meant to be kinds of things.
Flash forward multiple years, and I graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree with certifications in Elementary Education (K-6), Special Education (n-12), and Middle School Math (7-9). I worked hard during college. I stressed a lot, but I did it because I wanted to inspire children. If you’ve never worked with kids, you may have no idea what I’m talking about. As you teach children, you are able to become a part of their lives. One of the hardest things I did was leave my student teaching placement because each child had become part of my life, and I a part of their lives.
When you teach children, you become a pretty important person in their lives. They run into you in the morning to tell you what they did last night, they tell you all about their lives, they tell you what their parents said last night (yes, beware parents.. teacher’s know it all!). It is equally as exciting to them when I share things about my life and what I did the day before or have plans to do. You form relationships with children.
Seeing children learn a topic is one of the most rewarding experiences; likewise, seeing children struggle with a topic is one of the most frustrating experiences. All you want to do is to take away that struggle and allow the student to succeed. It hurts me to see anyone not understand something. However, it is in these struggles that children learn who they are and what they can accomplish. The best moments are when a child is able to learn something, and show you they can do it! Not only are they super pumped about it, but I know I become equally as excited!
Seeing children everyday brings such joy to my life. I can’t imagine not having all of these experiences, and growing relationships with all of the students I’ve had, and the teacher’s I have worked with.
To be continued…
Who was your favorite teacher and why?
Do you work with children? Tell me something that brightens your day.