I have always loved school. I am not a particularly bright student to tell you the truth. I get average grades with the occasional good grade thrown in. Most of the time I do try my best in my studies but I don’t go out of my way to be the best student.
I’ve had all sorts of teachers but I mostly remember the good ones. I think I have had a lot of good ones. I still remember lots of things that they taught me and I believe the teachers went out of their way to provide a safe and nurturing environment for us all. I had a lot of favourite teachers and I hope one day that I am someone’s favourite teacher too.
My favourite teachers were Miss Babic and Mrs Kehoe. Mrs Kehoe was my grade five teacher and she team taught with Miss Babic. Team teaching is where two teachers teach their classes together or they alternate between teaching different subjects. For example, one teacher might teach both classes English and other one teaches maths.
They were always enthusiastic about what they taught and tried to make learning fun and hands on. When we learnt about advertising, they had us test out different household products, testing on the durability and the price. We did a big unit on The Lorax by Dr. Seuss and Miss Babic drew a beautiful Dr. Suess inspired mural. We did a role play of the characters in the book.
The other aspect that I enjoyed about school was recess. I loved running around with my friends, playing tag or singing clapping songs and hanging out on the playground. There wasn’t a bully who terrorised the playground so I always had a good time at recess.
The reason why I want to be a teacher is that I want children to be able to look back at their schooling and have happy memories. I want them to remember what I taught them and for it to be useful in their life. I want to provide the students with opportunities to make friends, introduce them to new ideas and concepts, expose them to the things that are happening in their community and the world.
Lastly, I like children so that’s why I want to teach them. I think of them as their own species, they are these short little people so different from adults. Children are funny, entertaining and cute. Sure, sometimes they are brats and there are days when I hate kids. But it’s not enough for me to quit wanting to be a teacher.
So what job do you have? Or what do/did you want do when you grew up?