Olivia Heidt So you want to be a teacher?
The thought of being a teacher excites me immensely. This is because I think
of teaching as a gift not a job. It is a gift in my eyes because you get to help develop an individual’s future. I also consider teaching a privilege. There is no better way to spend your life than to help shape someone’s future and hopefully make an impact on his or her life. This is the reason why I have been drawn to this profession.
Obviously, I want to be a very good teacher and have the kids like me as a
teacher. My personal beliefs of being a good teacher are; being kind hearted, making the class exciting, not picking on students or singling them out. I believe each teacher needs to be kind hearted as these students are with you all day and come to you with all sorts of problems. A teacher is like a student’s second mom or dad during the day. After going to school for twelve years plus kindergarten I have certainly had my fair share of monotone and boring lecture teachers. That is one belief I strongly believe in, as learning needs to be fun. If someone doesn’t want to be there, they will have troubles learning and staying focused. The last one I stated was not singling students out. What I mean by this is that when someone makes a mistake to not call them out on it in public. I know I was not a strong academic student and was shy so I have been called out and it truly is embarrassing.
I have had many teachers that have motivated me to be a teacher and take on
this profession. These teachers make me want to be the teacher that they are today. I would like to be that fun and compassionate teacher who is also firm, when necessary and has the respect of the students. Personally I believe if the class is not
fun or interesting I don’t want to be there, so how can you expect a child to? This also goes into the learning styles. It doesn’t matter if its visual, auditory or kinesthetic I would want to make each lesson interesting and easy to learn.
I believe I have some great personal qualities that will help me be a great
teacher. I am kind hearted, able to explain things in different ways, flexible, always willing to learn new things, organized, determined and take on any new challenge. These qualities display my true color gold on my personality test very well. I also have qualities that will hinder me, which I need to work on, to make myself the perfect teacher. These include being shy, scared of being too strict and not technologically inclined. I do know throughout the next few years I will learn ways to help me make these hindrances turn into qualities.
Teaching is like shoe shopping. I say this because it relates to the learning
styles of teaching. When you try on shoes, some of them fit and some of them don’t. This is also relevant when comparing students to learning. Every child has different interests, abilities, needs and desires. They have to be comfortable and happy and then they will excel. Just like putting on a great pair of shoes.