As Abigail Adams once said, “Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and attained to with diligence.” Just as students learn with ardor and diligence, teaching is also a profession learned with ardor and diligence to achieve excellence as a teacher in today’s classroom. As I have grown up in a family thriving with teachers, I have seen both lessons taught and lessons learned. Children can offer a unique reward; to see a child learn is an accomplishing and satisfying feeling. To teach is to be an intellectualist, dramatist, psychologist, and many other titles. Only teaching offers this wide range of possibilities—and what exciting possibilities these are! Teaching styles differ among educators, and it should be the goal of aspiring teachers to analyze themselves to become the best teachers as possible.
Imagine a patchwork quilt full of variation in size, color, texture, and detail in every different piece. This picture is what surfaces in my mind when I think of the nature of students in today’s world. If the quilt represents a classroom, each piece represents a student with different inter-weavings, but similar ties among themselves. My job, as teacher, is to recognize each piece just as unique and contributing as the one beside it. We must remember that each child is shaped differently, both internally and externally, and affected by circumstances that not all may experience. Their nature should be inquisitive and attentive; however, these qualities are not always the case in students today. It is the teacher’s duty to mold his or her students to be better and reach higher in school. It is the teacher’s duty to understand that each child has a different nature and to bring the best side of his of her nature forth. Just as a quilt has seams between the patches, it is a teacher’s job to sew the patches together forming a unified classroom with each student recognizing one another as different, yet commonly bonded.
While the nature of students may be different, I feel the purpose of education should be similar to those performing as public educators. My overall view of the purpose of education is to make those whom I teach better. Primarily, I want my students to be intellectually better when they leave my classroom. With this purpose in mind, students can form educated opinions, live prosperous lives, and contribute their views to better society and our changing world. Another overall purpose of education is to inspire. Inspiration takes the shape of many forms and the teacher can be a most powerful example. As a teacher, one of the most inspiring lessons would be making others want to teach. I was inspired to become a teacher by one of my own high school teachers. It is the example of an inspiring teacher that prods others to follow in his or her footsteps. This is a goal I hope to accomplish as a public educator.
Just as the purpose of teaching public education...