Teaching: The Most Important Profession

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I believe that teaching is the most important profession in the world. How else can we continue to develop in such a technical world, or in any other way, for that matter? Without the transfer of knowledge to young minds, we will stagnate and wither as a world. Teaching is hope for better, more successful futures. Learning is hope for becoming better individuals, for gaining intelligence, and for implementing practical experiences in our future. Since we always tell our children that they should plan for their futures and work to realize those goals, the teaching profession should “practice what it preaches” by helping young people to reach those goals. Teaching reading during the past five years has been rewarding beyond my imagination. I have watched non-readers become readers, I have watched scores and student confidence improve, and I have been part of that change. What a reward! Staying current with professional development is our fast-moving world is crucial. In my teaching career, I doubt that I have invented any method of teaching reading that has not been previously used in some way by someone else, but I have done many of the same things in reading classes that are currently being taught to new reading teachers today. Even so, I have endeavored to learn new techniques in my area, especially during the past five years. I have taken as many inservice courses and have attended as many of the professional conferences as I could without sacrificing the time owed my students. Obviously, the most recent focus in education has been reading, and naturally, a language arts teacher must focus on reading in order to help her students develop into well-rounded communicators. Learning to implement new ways of tea... ... middle of paper ... ... They are standing in line to check out certain titles. They are truly enjoying that quiet, rich time they have each day to just read for their own enjoyment and understanding. I am less a dictator of information and activities and more a facilitator than ever before. This doesn’t necessarily make my job any easier, but it does make it much more enjoyable. What teacher doesn’t want to be able to say what I am now saying? That my job has been a joy and a pleasure…that I get up each morning knowing that I am fulfilling my destiny…that I teach because I love learning…that I am doing what I love to do, teaching children. If I can continue to pass my passion for learning, especially my love for reading, along to others and see them make progress, then I will know that I have won great victory in the fight to help others become proficient readers. What a reward!
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