My goal is to attend Elizabethtown Community and Technical College for my first two years for my Associates in Arts. Once finished I plan to transfer to Eastern Kentucky University to finish my Bachelor's Degree and to complete a Masters in History. Obtaining this scholarship would allow me to be one step closer to the future that is so close to my heart. It would make me able to excel in furthering my education a reality. This scholarship will mean I can make a difference in a child’s life through education as well as inspire me to educate the next generation.
I needed to prove to myself that wanting to go on to a pre-med major in college was a possible dream. Junior year, I began listening to those who loved and cared about me first by getting organized, communicating with my teachers, using all the accommodations I was entitled to and, for the first time, attending a resource class. The last step was the hardest for me, I just did not know what to think; what would the other kids say, “Oh you’re in the stupid class.” “ Why are you in there?” After being in resource class, I realized that it would help become more organized, both in school and out it would help me to find the needed balance between all my classes and all my extra curricular activities.
In reflecting about all that I have learned during my first five years of teaching, I have found it to be a very humbling experience. As a first year teacher, people always complement you on your new and innovative ideas, but that quickly wears off when you are faced with changing district climates, new co-workers, and of course the state and national politics of education. At the beginning of my PDP, I selected teacher standards 4, 5 and 10. (4)The teacher understands and uses a variety of instructional strategies, including the use of technology to encourage children's development of critical thinking, problem solving, and performance skills. One quickly learns that in order to be an effective teacher, one must consistently adapt and modify the practices of the profession.
I could be the same odd, quirky self in my chosen field and might actually give others the grand experience I had in that AP English classroom. To let kids with a wide imagination, like my own, see that their way of thinking was actually a gift and could be used. Until my senior year of high school, I chose an English Teacher’s life because it was a job; so I could minimally survive. Now, it was something I could see myself doing. Of course, before I can go back to high school, I am required to spend years of my life and thousands of dollars to receive a “higher education.” While I thoroughly believe college has become mediocre, the process is necessary and a bit lengthened for future educators.
Do to the political nature of this career, future educators need to be knowledgeable in their career. To become a teacher there are many qualifications needed. There are a lot of factors that play into teaching. For example, planning lessons and activities for the students to engage in or grading papers and helping students individually. A teacher’s role starts at the very beginning of a student’s life, when they are five years old and they continue to help shape a student’s life until the students have a successful job, even a successful life.
Education is a very important part of today's society. Teaching is a way of making society a better place for today's generation and our children. Teaching may not seem like a very important career to some people, but when I think back to some of my own teachers, I realize what an important role that they played in my life. Even today, in college, many of these Professors will never know the impact they have made on my life. Many people have the desire to be a teacher from the time that they are children.
I want to be an elementary reading teacher. Being an elementary teacher is interesting to me because I love working with children and I want to better their educational careers. My job would be to prepare my students for the next grade level. For example, I would stay a little late after school and help my kids with what they need help on to succeed. I would make sure they are reading books their grade level or higher.
Hopefully my life experiences will allow me to become competent in a shorter time span. I am currently studying to teach English and literature for students grades five through twelve. If I am able to obtain the college credits I need, I should be able to reach my goal within two years. Later I may consider returning to class for a masters degree and seek a career teaching on the college level. No matter where my ambitions take me, I am sure my personal teaching philosophy will continue to grow and evolve.
There are always advantages and disadvantages of every career path you look at; some can be deal breakers. Some advantages of being a teacher are seeing your students gain and apply new knowledge and skills, job security after tenure, an... ... middle of paper ... ...ions of becoming a teacher, especially at a high school level will be helpful in deciding on my future career. I know that I have the patience to teach in one of two subjects, English and history, but only because I am passionate about both. The hours and time you put into the career are not horrible and include guaranteed time off. My goal in life has always been to, in some way, better the life of another person, and as a teacher I would have the opportunity to do so.
I chose education as my career path after working in a classroom to fulfill a Field Study course. The children had a powerful impact; they were amazing; challenging, and most of all loving. In helping them, I quickly realized that I was the one receiving the gift that ultimately inspired me down the path of serving disadvantaged children. After experiencing two semesters in classrooms, I realized my enthusiasm for teaching was not a mere in-the-moment feeling but rather a genuine enthusiasm. I became aware that teachers are an important foundation in society and I look forward to the opportunity to develop the skills children need to adapt and apply for the rest of their lives by encouraging knowledge, character and resilience.