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Educational Goals and Philosophy

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Educational Goals and Philosophy

Most individuals can recall when they were very young saying, “When I grow up, I want to be a . . . ” For some people, over the course of growing up their ambitions changed several times. But for many, they ended up in a career which was a life long desire, goal, or ambition. Today, students must begin to think about their future on a more serious note than that of childhood during the latter part of their middle school years. This is during their eighth grade year usually, which is a year or two younger now than just a few years past. But, the reason for this is still the same. This will enable students to gear their education in a route which will hopefully benefit them after high school graduation or in their future. For some, these choices and decisions will never change. But for others, for various reasons, they may decide on a career change somewhere down the road or during the course of their life. As for myself, I definitely fall into the latter of the two mentioned. After working for years in the field of business (my first degree), I felt a desire and need for a career change. I wanted a more rewarding career. Personally I feel doctors and teachers have the most rewarding careers of any profession. Therefore, teaching became my goal and ambition for my career. Unlike most individuals, I was able to obtain first hand insight into my choice before returning to college to further my education in this area by substitute teaching on a permit for three years (based on my Bachelor of Science degree and six hours of graduate studies). During these three years, I obtained two long term positions, one for three semesters, and another for one semester. I spent the duration of my time...

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... applies to me personally. I have had a desire to teach for the past several years, particularly since I had the opportunity to get a taste for the profession by substituting. Due to circumstances, I was unable to further my education until recently, so I had to be patient and wait until the time was right. But, throughout this waiting period, I became determined to fulfill this desire and to be the best educator or teacher I possibly can. I must say that I did not wait this long to miss out on any opportunity to do my best and to make a difference in the lives of my students. After completing this degree, I plan to acquire a full-time position, obtain my foreign language endorsement in Spanish and complete my Master’s degree in Library Science. However, my first and foremost goal is to be an excellent teacher and someday look back and say, “I did a good job.”

In this essay, the author

  • Opines that students must think about their future on a more serious note than that of childhood during the latter part of their middle school years.
  • Explains why they chose library media as the curriculum they wanted to teach. the library is the "backbone" of a school and contains vast amounts of knowledge.
  • Opines that most educators develop their views on education and the type of educator they hope to be very early.
  • Concludes by quoting an old saying, "good things come to those who wait." they have had a desire to teach for the past several years, especially since they were unable to further their education until recently.
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