My Goal of Teaching Essay
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To state that my goal is to become a teacher in the primary grades of elementary school is somewhat like writing a one-sentence synopsis of an intricate and wonderful dream. In Webster's Dictionary the word "goal" is defined as: "A point towards which effort or movement is directed; the objective point or terminus that one is striving to reach; the end aimed at." In each of the definitions the aim of the goal is stagnant. My goal of teaching feels much more like a living thing. I would define it more as a journey than a goal.
I do not remember a time when I was not interested in becoming a teacher. Although I followed a different career path when I was young, I never let go of my dream to teach. For various reasons it was pushed to…show more content…
I started volunteering in my children's classrooms. I would do the fun stuff like plan parties or go on field trips, but I also enjoyed working with the students in writing workshops and reading partnerships. I found enjoyment and fulfillment not only working with my own children but in helping the other students as well. I volunteer in the library and the school office. Outside of their school I became a Girl Scout leader and taught religious education at our church.
I balanced my volunteering with children to include volunteering for children. I became actively involved in parent-teacher groups. I held positions that ranged from the worker at a carnival, up to and including the president of a PTO. My husband's job required that we move around, and I found volunteer a good way to break into a community. The volunteering I always seemed to enjoy most was in some way involved with children.
As my children grew and I began to think about returning to the work force I knew I would be happiest doing something that involved children. It was my husband who suggested returning to school for a teaching degree. With all the years of working with children behind me, it seemed like a natural fit. I plan to finish my schooling and have a position teaching by the fall of 2001.
Securing a position teaching does not truly fulfill my goal. Through years of working and interacting with children I have come to see that we learn from them much more than we
As a human being we should make the most of our impermanent life. We should strive to attain a meaningful goal instead of wasting our precious human rebirth. "bahunam vata atthaya - For the Good of the Many", the Buddha advised his first batch of disciples to dedicate themselves for our ultimate good. We might take heed and decide on a perfect purpose in our life which surrounds people and is well-adjusted around society. In this regard, my goal is to be a teacher in future.
We know that a good teacher is the architect and builder of a nation and generation. He or she is the main asset of the human society, nation or a country for disseminating humanity by the process of teaching. This is why a teacher is most respected by the students and society. In my opinion, a good teacher is considered as one with the seven basics according to its seven letters as below:
T- Technical know-how or skillfulness
E- Educative instead of mere career orientated
A- Advanced knowledge
C- Changing methods or flexibility
E- Enjoyment of duty
R- Relation instead of instruction minded
A teacher needs to have the idea that he or she plays an important role to build the nation according to those qualities above. Hence, during the teacher-pupil interactive process, a teacher adjusts himself or herself and adapts to the students more as a kalyana mitta (beneficial friend). A teacher of such caliber relates to a student's learning problem/s and skillfully maintains the friendship concept.
A good teacher knows his or her charges are the future of a nation.
So, I pen this little thought of mine as a remark of what constitute a good teacher and good teaching method as I have experienced. I would like to share this if I become a teacher to the coming generation of students.
Edit by Ven. Zhen Man