Teaching is one of the most important aspects of every human life. Regardless of where one is in life, there is always something to be taught. Teaching is everywhere, whether it is in a classroom, in your own home, or even out on the streets. When thinking about a teacher, one automatically assumes he/she is someone that babysits students throughout day. However, parents see teachers as someone that they can trust with the care of their child. What is unknown is that they actually love and believe that they have a huge influence on their students. They look at the students as if they were their own kids. In my opinion, life would be worthless without teachers. If teachers were not existent, there would be no lawyers, doctors or any other career that is looked upon as an achievement. In my book, teaching is the biggest accomplishment of any and all careers. Teachers tend to be the role models in many students’ lives. Some students do not have anyone that they can look up to and the closest is their teachers. In order to be a role model to these students one has to have many different characteristics, couple includes passion and patients.
Without the passion for teaching, it is near impossible, for someone to actually be a great teacher. A wonderful teacher would have to be able to come to the same classroom every day to teach the students. Also, they need to be dedicated to show up every year to teach the same thing that they did the year before, with different students. A teacher needs to be able to cope with the change of faces and not get too attached to any certain students. This is probably one of the hardest things for me, when I become a teacher, to do.
As the saying goes, “Patience is a virtue.” Without patience there is absolutely no way anyone could tolerate the students. The students especially in elementary, they are more inclined to push the teachers buttons. However, through education and experience one only learns to put up with the students. A teacher does not know what kind of student is put in her classroom for a school year. She might get a student with disabilities she needs to have the patience to be able to teach that particular student in their own way without it affecting the other students.
The moment I knew I wanted to become a teacher was in second grade. My teacher Mrs. Hall was one of the biggest influences on me. She made teaching seem like a real joy. She would come into class everyday with a smile on her face, waiting to teach us something new every day. She was my inspiration as most teachers ought to be. She would get on our level when she was teaching. Hall would not point anyone out when a student had a lack of understanding. If I could one day have an influence on just one student, like she had on me it would make it all worthwhile.
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