WHY did you become a teacher?
I’ve ALWAYS wanted to teach. Since I was a young girl. My dad had discovered a desk in the garbage at his work that was an exact replica of my teacher’s desk at school. I was thrilled. He also found a chalkboard which he mounted in the basement next to my recycled desk in my make-shift classroom. My sister was four and a half years younger than I. My curriculum, however, consisted of recouped purple dittos from my teacher’s garbage can. Therefore, as my pupil learning what I had just learned, she was well ahead of grade level. Her willingness to please her older sister made her a highly motivated student. Her kindergarten teacher reported to my mom that her writing was exclusively in cursive and could she be convinced to print, thank you.
I love it all, the lessons, the learning, the art projects. I was hooked. However, who and what to teach was still a question mark for me all the way until I entered college. I loved learning and typically I wanted to teach whatever subject I loved most and at my current age. Since my last stint in school was in high school, I selected teaching high school. After all the content was so challenging and interesting. I was torn, however, between History, Spanish and Math. You might be surprised that I selected Math. Well, at least based on the responses I get from EVERYONE I tell that I teach high school Math. I loved that it was so clear cut. I could clearly discern whether a student understood the content or did not understand the content. It was step by step procedure and seemed “easier” to teach. Since then, I’ve changed my mind about Math’s predictability, methodology and the importance of unscripted rich problem solving. But, that’s for another time–this is the BEGINNING of my story.
For approximately every 30 children in the US, there is a teacher. We are an army of face wipers, coaches, and empathetic ears. We deliver content, challenge, tutor and seek to inspire. But, what brought us to this point? What drove us to do, what I believe, is one of the most challenging and rewarding jobs? I’d love to hear your story! Please share in the comments below. Include in your response if you would have chosen the same age & subject if you could do it all again.