Why I Want to Teach

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Words cannot express the gratitude I have in my heart for my past, present, and future teachers. This includes those teachers that I have met in and out of the classroom. Teachers are the pillars of our society. They prepare the future generations to assimilate or to challenge our world. In my opinion, teachers have the most important role in society, next to the role of being a parent. They are so influential. Essentially, they control what a student is learning. They control whether a student learns the history of the violent war heroes or the history of the heroic peacemakers. Teachers have the ability to provide inspiration to drift into the background of society, or to stand up and challenge society. That is why I would like to be a teacher. I want to change the world by empowering children to change the world.

There are many issues to take into consideration when becoming a teacher. These issues range from whom I am going to teach, my professional philosophy, to who I am going to become as a teacher, and how I am contributing to society.

In a single classroom, students come from a variety of backgrounds, with a wide range of talents, abilities, and interests. This adds much depth to a classroom. Bringing out individual talents and potential is something that Montessori education really focuses on. As a product of Montessori education, I want to teach in a Montessori School. There are both public and private Montessori schools, and either would be fine because they are both governed by the same philosophy. From my experience, Montessori students are culturally diverse and intrinsically motivated. The students respond to a variety of teaching styles/methods and work at their own pace. These students tend to be more art...

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...ed to be aware of my biases, my conflicts, my strengths, and my weaknesses before I can begin to teach others. I don't necessarily need to know the answers to my questions, but it is important to address them. "Whatever self-knowledge we attain as teachers will serve our students and our scholarship well." (Palmer, 3) The better I know myself, the more confident I can be in my discipline and my abilities as a teacher. I recognize that I am on a journey to self-discovery, and that as I struggle to find my way, I will learn how to help others on a similar journey. My students will be at the beginning of their path to discovery, and my heart feels like it is going to burst at the potential carried in those lovely souls. This feeling solidifies that I am a "teacher who refuse[s] to harden [my] heart because [I] love learners, learning, and the teaching life." (Palmer, 1)

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