I stood patiently waiting for communion at St. Hilary’s church one Saturday evening during the summer before my freshman year of high school. I am not proud to say that my family is the type people to leave church right after communion. As soon as we were about to go up for communion my mom says that we are staying until then end today. Hearing this frustrated myself and my siblings, because we always leave church early. After communion we sit back down in the pew and anxiously wait for it to be over with. There was a woman at the podium talking but I did not pay attention. I had just went through a religion school program with St. Hilary’s that went up to confirmation which took place in the 8th grade. I really enjoyed going to religion classes and was sad it was over. Once church ended, we left and my mom explained to me what the woman said. The woman at the podium was asking for people to become teachers and aides for the upcoming school year. I jumped at the opportunity and went in for an interview. I got the volunteering position as a teacher’s aide for 4th grade. I have been working with St. Hilary’s for six years. After five years of being a teacher’s aide they promoted me to teacher. Presently, I am a teacher for 4th grade and I absolutely love it.
Within those six years, I have met people who have inspired me to do great things with teaching. For the first three years I was an aide for a teacher who seemed to have lost all of her motivation. She was a very nice person and always wanted the best for her students. I was about to leave the religion program at the end of the third year, but I decided to stick it out for one more year. The teacher I was with decided to end teaching because her children...
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... not all. Making sure to give my students the correct information is very important. Making lesson plans for my religion class I always look information online to make sure I know what I am talking about.
My last area I need to work on is Standard 7: Professional Responsibility and Growth. According to OSTP, “Teachers assume responsibility for professional growth, performance and involvement as individuals and as members of a learning community” (ODE, 2011). As same with Standard 2: Content I know I can achieve this with time. My goal that I want to reach within this standard is to create efficacy in students. This is the standard that I want to achieve the most so I know it will be the hardest. Inspiring myself and students is the ultimate goal. It may take a couple of years to see the results of the work I put into the students, but it will all be worth it.
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