Being a teacher-A A +A
Thursday, February 7, 2013
“IF YOU ask me what I came into this world to do, I will tell you without hesitation: I was born to be a teacher.”- Robert John Meehan
This quote articulates remarkably well how I feel about my profession. I cannot imagine myself doing other things in the world but teaching children. The thrill I get standing in front of children, knowing I am teaching them something new...there is no place in the world I would rather be than in the classroom.
I love the fact that I can be just about anything and everything inside the classroom. I can be a motivational speaker who can effect change, a performer and director who can move students into action, a facilitator who can bring out the best ideas from my students or a counselor and mentor who can inspire positive behavior from students.
Being a teacher I not only teach young people the necessary skills that make them the best in their fields, I show them how to love and inspire them to care. And these are what truly move people to change the world for the better. For really, that’s how a teacher leaves a mark, that is how a teacher touches a life. That is also what made me love teaching, so much so that, I succumb to the call of this vocation without thinking twice.
There are a lot of people who desire to become teachers because they love the education sector, and yearn to remain in a school environment after completing their own study. If you love being surrounded by a culture where the pursuit of knowledge is the main object, then you should become a teacher.
However, don't even think about becoming a teacher if you are a "glass half empty" type of person. The concept of self-fulfilling prophecy plays a huge role in teaching because teacher expectations often determine student outcomes. In other words, good teachers know that their students will only succeed to the extent that they are encouraged and believed in. By approaching each student with only the highest of expectations, these educators visualize student success long before it actually occurs. This is one of the most magical aspects of being a teacher.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on February 08, 2013.