As I was growing up, I never pictured myself as a teacher. In fact, I grew up not respecting most of my teachers. Don’t get me wrong, some of my teachers were great. I had a few over the years that genuinely cared for their students, but I also had many who were there just to collect their paycheck and get all weekends, government holidays, and summers off. Even after graduating high school, I had no intentions of ever joining the educational field. Truthfully, I had no desire to attend college. I only attended three years of high school due to the fact that I was allowed to take my English three during summer school and thus skipped my junior year. During my senior year, I had made up my mind to join the United States Marine Corps and this is exactly what I did. I married my high school sweetheart the following summer. I tell you all of this because she is the inspiration of my desire to become a teacher. While I served the final three years of my contract in the Marine Corps, she completed her bachelors of science in Elementary Education.
Over the next several years I watched as she spent countless hours doing what she loved. She would come home and share stories every day that would inspire me later to follow in her footsteps. Never once did she suggest that I quit my job and go back to school, but that’s what I did. We would often joked about how nice it would be to count on one another as teachers. I have always been able to capture the attention of children. I enjoy their company and do not get annoyed like some adults do when children seem to go on and on about nothing important. I realize that it is important to the child that is doing the rambling. I often imagine about what my future classroom will look like, how my students will react to my teaching style, or how my peers will respond to me. The conclusion that I have drawn is that it really does not matter. I will work as hard as I can to become the best teacher possible. I will not give up when times seem tough, and I will push past the difficult times because I know that the outcome will be worth it.
There are many positive traits that the best teachers must possess. First, teachers must show integrity. They have to demonstrate this daily if they want to pass this on to their students. They must also treat every student as an equal. Furthermore, teachers have to exhibit professionalism in the classroom and in the community. The final characteristic of a great teacher is their intellectual spirit, their love for learning and teaching.
Integrity is important in everything we do and teaching is no exception, if anything it is magnified. Parents trust you with their children for the majority of the day. They do not get any information about you except that their child will be in your care. Teachers are expect to be lifelong role models to these children. In my experience, growing up in a small town made it extremely easy to find out about everyone else. Teachers were not exempt from...