My Goals as a Teacher: Changing Student's Lives

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“To teach is to touch lives forever.” Erin Gruwell is an inspirational teacher that set an example of how a teacher should teach. She put her students first. So often teachers get so caught up in the standards and TEKS that the reason they became teachers in the first place is forgotten. The reason people go into teaching is because they have a passion for children and the reason teachers succeed is because they never forget that passion.

In an individual life according to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs the ultimate accomplishment is self-actualization. Self-actualization is maximizing ones potential. It is very difficult for a person to reach their full potential, but Erin Gruwell did. She reached beyond what was expected and decided she would succeed no matter what. Erin Gruwell refused failure, and in addition to living up to her potential, she also refused to allow her students to do any less than their potential.

Maria Reyes was a student and a freedom writer. The average high school student will sadly never have the passionate fire lit under them like Maria Reyes did. Erin Gruwe...

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