Why I Decided to Become a Teacher
For those who read my blogs, it has become a way to get to know the teacher behind the website. You are able to understand a bit of my teaching style, what I feel is important, and hopefully a way of learning new information. I created this website not only as a writing outlet, but also as an online journey into my teaching world. I feel that since you are reading my posts about teaching and education, it is important to understand why I decided to become a teacher.
Being a teacher was not my first choice. In fact, I had been running from the idea of being a teacher for years. My mother would occasionally bring up the option of being a teacher from time to time, and I consistently turned it down. I had initially started out in Psychology in Cegep, which I still enjoy. However, I never quite felt like I fit into the program. I was great at it and it came easy to me, but just because something comes easy to you, doesn’t mean it’s for you. I got my undergrad in Human Relations, with a Minor in Linguistics. I really liked Human Relations; it involved a lot of teamwork and networking. We developed programs that helped others in need, and we learned about how to deal with interpersonal relationships and groups in different settings. A lot of these strategies helped me with classroom management and working with groups and coworkers. There was a period of time in which I wanted to become a Speech Language Pathologist, which is why I decided to add my Linguistics minor. I volunteered at the Montreal Fluency Centre and shadowed a speech therapist for a few months, and although I really enjoyed it, again, I didn’t quite feel like I fit in. The MFC was absolutely wonderful, and the SLP I followed was a kind and wonderful woman. I enjoyed working with children- that was one good realization I had made from my time being there.
What really made my decision of becoming a teacher was working as an ESL and EL tutor at Kumon. I have to take a minute to boast about how amazing it was to work there. This will be my last summer with Kumon, and I have never been this sad to leave a job. The people I worked with were amazing; we became a small family in and out of work. As for the job itself, I fell in love with tutoring and teaching. I had been running away from the idea of being a teacher for so long, and now I found myself feeling like I had finally found where I belonged. I truly owe my teaching journey to Kumon and my little Kumon family.
All of this led me to becoming a Teacher Candidate at the University of Ottawa. I wanted to be out in the teaching world as soon as possible, and with a renowned now 2-year program, I knew I would get the best education, and be able to teach in the real world sooner than later. I can remember vividly entering a classroom for orientation, and as soon as I sat down, thinking to myself, “this is exactly where I’m supposed to be”. My first year took off, and I was so busy that I barely saw the time go by. I started tutoring at Oxford Learning Centre, and this is where I began to realize my love for special education. I began working with students with a variety of special needs, and became invested and dedicated to their learning. My first year practicum went exceptionally well, and I woke up every morning eager and excited to teach.
Being a teacher candidate, future teacher and tutor has been the most gratifying experience. I work with children and young adults every day to help them learn and succeed. You wear many different hats as a teacher; you are a mom, a counselor, a friend, an inspiration, and much more. What we teach our students throughout their educational journey is what they will continue to use for the rest of their lives. This can feel overwhelming and a little scary. Standing up in front of a classroom of little eyes all staring at you in awe, waiting for you to teach them something is terrifying and exhilarating all at the same time. I want to be the teacher that makes my students enthusiastic about learning. I want to create an environment where learning and being in school is fun, and where waking up in the morning just isn’t so bad. In all my educational experience and jobs, I have never felt more dedicated and devoted to a career, and making a difference in a students’ life.
With less than a year left, I cannot wait to be an Ontario Certified Teacher, and be part of such a wonderful group of educators. I look forward to being part of a change in the world, and using my capabilities and knowledge to help others succeed and reach their full potential.
I encourage you to think about how you can make a change with your capabilities and knowledge. One small gesture can make a big difference in someone else’s life.
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