Words cannot express the gratitude I have in my heart for my past, present, and future teachers. This includes those teachers that I have met in and out of the classroom. Teachers are the pillars of our society. They prepare the future generations to assimilate or to challenge our world. In my opinion, teachers have the most important role in society, next to the role of being a parent. They are so influential. Essentially, they control what a student is learning. They control whether a student learns the history of the violent war heroes or the history of the heroic peacemakers. Teachers have the ability to provide inspiration to drift into the background of society, or to stand up and challenge society. That is why I would like to be a teacher. I want to change the world by empowering children to change the world.
There are many issues to take into consideration when becoming a teacher. These issues range from whom I am going to teach, my professional philosophy, to who I am going to become as a teacher, and how I am contributing to society.
In a single classroom, students come from a variety of backgrounds, with a wide range of talents, abilities, and interests. This adds much depth to a classroom. Bringing out individual talents and potential is something that Montessori education really focuses on. As a product of Montessori education, I want to teach in a Montessori School. There are both public and private Montessori schools, and either would be fine because they are both governed by the same philosophy. From my experience, Montessori students are culturally diverse and intrinsically motivated. The students respond to a variety of teaching styles/methods and work at their own pace. These students tend to be more articulate and driven. That said, whether I end up in Montessori or not, there are certain characteristics of all up and coming students that I, as a teacher, will have to take into consideration.
The generations of students I will be teaching are products of the United States culture. They may or may not remember September 11 th , but they are growing up in the aftermath. Our country is producing a culture of fear that will most certainly be evident in the upcoming generations. These students will need special skills in conflict resolution, nonviolence, and peace building if they want to work toward a better world.
Preparing students to change the world is my main reason for teaching. I believe many of my learning experiences and past teachers inspire this desire. As a Montessori educated student I knew I was unique in my talents and I felt empowered to change things. I was always treated with respect and my opinions mattered as much as any adults'. In fifth grade, four of my friends and I wrote a petition to fire a teacher whom we believed was sexist. We stated evidence for our case, and gave a copy to our parents, the teacher, and our principal. Though we were only nine and ten years old, our petition was taken...