Students in NSLC’s Education and the Classroom program were asked, “Why do you want to teach?” Here are a few of their responses:
I want to teach because I love working with young children. Also, I love seeing them understanding a concept and enjoying learning.
I want to be a teacher because I want to reach the students who don’t like school and believe that school doesn’t matter. For example, when Dr. Travis Wright came and spoke to the group, he showed me how I wanted to intertwine my love of Education with Psychology. When Dr. Wright talked about being around small children and trying to connect with them and working to understand how they could be helped and “caught”, I realized that his job was the exact combination that I wanted. Working with small children, teaching them how to understand not only concepts but themselves, is the imprint that I want to leave on this world. I, too, have felt like school wasn’t right for me and that I wasn’t learning anything that would be helpful to me in the future, but through the help of teachers I have met, I have realized that Education is exactly where I want to be. These teachers inspired me, taught me about myself, showed me what to do and what not to do, and taught me principles and life lessons that I feel I wouldn’t have learned otherwise. I want to be that change in every student I encounter in life.
I want to become a teacher because I want to be a different kind of teacher. Every day I hear people talking about how teachers are inadequate and how little my peers and I actually retain from our classes because of the teachers. I want to be a different kind of teacher that embraces new and innovative ideas that my students have and I want my classroom to be a place where students are comfortable and are able to learn and understand any and all materials I teach without being afraid to ask questions.