Journal - Why Teach

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Journal - Why Teach

  1. 1. Mark Boatman Journal– Motivations for TeachingA career in teaching has always been appealing to me. Ever since I was young I’vebeen passionate about helping others learn. The great teachers that I had in schoolreally believed in me, and were essential in guiding me to work hard and strive forsuccess. I want to be that kind of teacher, instilling high expectations and a sense ofpurpose in all of my future students.I want to make a difference, I want to empowersomeone to learn and think about something in a new light. It sounds cliché, butchildren are going to be leaders of the future, and what better way to be directlyinvolved in helping to make a better future for everyone than being a successfuleducator. I believe that with equal opportunity and access to learning, everystudent has the potential to do great things, and I want to empower every child withthe tools they need to be successful.An appealing aspect of teaching is that I think the students will keep me young.Working with the young, interacting with them, and watching them grow anddevelop into successful human beings is at the heart of why I want to teach. Also,adolescents can be rather funny. The various personalities of students that teachersencounter can provide for amusing situations. Teachers wear many hats, andstudents often need them to be more than an instructor, but often times a counselor,a cheerleader, or a role model; and often times the teacher becomes the student.Although I may pursue teaching a particular subject, and my knowledge of thatsubject may be great, teaching forces you to be a lifelong learner. Students often askintriguing questions and may present their own insights, which will cause me tohave to dig deeper and expand my knowledge.Another aspect I like about teaching is that every year, every day, every lesson,every student is different from the next. You could teach a lesson with differentgroups of students or at different times during the day, and the outcomes andinvolvement in the lesson will be different. I like the concept of being able to controlyour own class, not in the sense of being in a powerful position, but in the sense ofbeing a facilitator of discussion, content, and learning. That sense of classroomautonomy is an appealing aspect to a career in teaching, which is unlike mostprofessions. Unfortunately I think sometimes teachers get bombarded withpressures and get wrapped up in test scores and grading papers, and lose sight ofthe original reason of why they entered the teaching profession, and the excitementof making a difference in a young person’s life is lost.I always knew that one day I would pursue a career in teaching; it was just a matterof when. My parents have had fulfilling careers as educators, both as teachers andadministrators, and I wanted a career that made me genuinely happy. Throughoutmy years at the University of Idaho I first pursued a degree in Geology, then PoliticalScience, and finally Anthropology. With my Bachelor’s of Science degree inAnthropology I worked as an Archaeologist for about 4 years. For a while this was a
  2. 2. satisfying career, where I got to spend a lot of time traveling, hiking outdoors, andexperiencing ancient history first-hand. But there was something missing in thatcareer. I wanted to make a positive impact on others, and I had always felt a callingtowards teaching. I know that teaching will be a challenging career, with uniquefrustrations, but the intrinsic rewards and joy of the job are second to none.

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