Why I Want to Teach

History class has always been my favorite subject and time of day growing up, but that is definitely not the only reason why I wanted to become a teacher. When I was in 3rd grade, my Dad passed away very suddenly, and if it wasn't for the teachers I had after that I wouldn't have had the strength to pick myself up and stay focused in school. After my Dad passed, I was certain I wanted to go into cardiology, since he passed from a massive heart attack. However, when it was the last month of summer before my senior year of high school, my best friend passed away just as tragically as I experienced loss before. The teachers I had my senior year pivoted my thought in my future and made me realize I wanted to become a teacher. A teacher's obvious purpose is to pass on knowledge of their concentrated subject, but an underlying and important purpose of a teacher is to be more than just a passer of knowledge. To me, a responsibility of a teacher is to provide an environment that creates almost a "getaway" for their students, from whatever may be going on in their lives outside of school. When I was absolutely miserable and had no motivation/determination to go to school or do my work, it was the teachers I had that pushed me and made me realize my worth and potential, while understanding what I was going through. I want to provide my future students the "getaway" some of my teachers were able to give me, while also sharing the knowledge I have pertaining to history. That is my duty. 

    • Guido Torres
      Guido Torres

      Olivia,
      I agree with you 100%. Teaching goes beyond just passing knowledge and I think it's great that you've already found your style. Teachers of that sort tend to impact lives and create long lasting memories that create direction.
      -GT

      • Gerald Ardito
        Gerald Ardito

        Olivia,

        I loved this:

        A teacher's obvious purpose is to pass on knowledge of their concentrated subject, but an underlying and important purpose of a teacher is to be more than just a passer of knowledge.

        And I also appreciate your willingness to share yourself with us.

        • Jamie Soldinger
          Jamie Soldinger

          I love your comment of "To me, a responsibility of a teacher is to provide an environment that creates almost a "getaway" for their students", I completely agree. Teachers need to be there for their students and help them along the way.  By making your classroom a "getaway" I also think will make it more enjoyable for you and the students.  I really enjoyed your post.

          • Brianna Iliceto
            Brianna Iliceto

            This really moved me! I loved how you tied in your personal experiences with how teachers have brought you from that place you were in to somewhere else where you found hope and potential. I agree with everything you have said about teachers being there for students not only by helping them learn but also helping them through rough times. I am so happy you found your motivation and that you would like to mirror what your teachers have done for you upon your future classes! 

          TCH 215 Spring 2018

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