+ By Emma Mudan Harrigan Campbell
Over the course of eight years, I have switched career paths constantly. My first idea was to become a singer, then a dancer, and then an actor—maybe even all three at once. I liked how people would occasionally compliment me on my voice when I sang, and I figured why stop there?
I wanted to become someone great, someone who changed the world; mainly through theatrics. Then I switched to a more political standpoint and thought about being a lawyer. My mother said I would make a good lawyer since I manage to avoid questions by not directly answering them.
Today, I aspire to be a writer, any sort of writer—an author, a journalist, a blogger, anything. This was the doing of my third grade teacher, who read a short story I wrote out loud and said, “If this girl doesn’t become a writer, I don’t know who will.” The underlying connection between all of these jobs is that someone else told me I could be them. That I would be “good” at singing, or a “talented” writer. But, the idea of choosing something based on what other people say doesn’t appeal to me. Yes, I want to be a writer, but is it for the right reason?
“Do what you love, love what you do.” I found this quote while trying to break my writer’s block for an English essay. It may be cheesy and overused, but I think there is more importance to it than just a saying on a hand towel. When most people read this, the first thing they think of is their career. Why is that? I think it is because we automatically correlate the verbs “do” and “be” with a job. When someone asks, “What do you want to be?” People tend to say their future or current career choice. I have never heard someone respond with an emotion or a nontangible idea.
Pondering this, I found my answer for what I want to be when I grow up. Instead of choosing a potential job that will change time and time again, I need a long-term plan. In the course of one lifetime, I want to be happy. Realizing this, the question, “What do you want to be?” might not provide the correct platform for my answer, “I want to be happy.” Maybe the appropriate question for this answer is, “How do you want to exist?” When I “grow up” I want to exist happily. Although it sounds simple, I can imagine it probably won’t be as easy to carry out. There will be highs and, there will be lows. I plan to take on the lows with a smile as my sword, and with the knowledge that I will make it out alive. Maybe I will become a writer, or maybe I won’t. Whatever I choose career wise, I know it will be because I am happy doing it.
About the Writer: Emma is 13 years old and lives in Annapolis.
Essay on I Want to be a Teacher
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Why I Want to be a Teacher
As an elementary education major, I desire to become a teacher because I would like to give back to my community the education that has been bestowed upon me. My thoughts of becoming a teacher become increasingly more clear daily, as I love to work with children. The children and I seem to connect well, together. I think teaching is a part of my family’s heritage as most of my family have been teachers. Therefore, I feel teaching is the profession for me as well. If I can help but one child achieve their goals, I will have accomplished something.
I want to be a teacher that believes in progressivism. I believe John Dewey was talking about classrooms in the future and not only classrooms…show more content…
Some students have one set method of learning and grasping material and cannot deviate from the method. If so, the students have a hard time handling the material. We must incorporate various teaching styles to correlate to each student.
We need to make learning fun for students and refrain from the usual “Mom, do I really have to go to school” kind of day to having students who are eager to learn and state “Mom, is it time for school yet?” We as educators and teachers must strive to meet a middle ground with our students so that all are willing to learn from the teaching process.
The five step proposal by John Dewey would be an excellent method for solving problems: become aware of the problem, define it, propose various hypothesis to solve it, examine each consequence and test the most likely solution.
As you observe the classroom, some students will be taking notes while others are sleeping or talking. Students who are sleeping or talking will not learn as well as the students taking notes. We should make our class diverse by providing various activities, projects and learning experiences among our students. A teacher can also keep students active by reviewing and receiving feedback about what the students already know. Then the teacher should begin their lecture as this is where most students learn best. Afterwards, check for the students’ understanding and make sure they are