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To Be, Or Not To Be

Dave has returned with his second blogs. He explores the decision of becoming a teacher, a decision that bears great responsibility.

To Be, Or Not To Be?: Part 1 of 2

This entry is aimed at someone thinking of becoming a teacher or for a teacher having doubts about being in the right field.

In my first entry I finished with when I came to the realization that want to become a teacher. This happened after having realized my first career wasn't right for me, it happens and finding your way in life is all part of the fun. I also mentioned that I hated school growing up and had no intentions of becoming a teacher until a few years ago. Let me explain this part further.

I had a really bad experience as a student. This was partly because I had a very hard time understanding new concepts and struggled with language terribly. While in grade 2 (year 2) it became apparent that I was not reading, writing or even speaking at the level I should have been. It turned out that I had a learning disability. The way in which the school handled my special needs was completely wrong but I’ll save that for another entry.

What made matters far worse was I had mostly lazy and useless teachers. While obtaining my own teaching degree I looked over the social studies curriculum of which I should have been taught growing up. I discovered my classmates and I in years 1 to 7 had been taught less than 20% of what we should have. My brother who is only two years younger went to the same schools but had a completely different experience as he had almost entirely different teachers (mine either quit or were fired I’m guessing). My brother excelled as a student while I did everything I could to avoid school because I found it so boring. It wasn't a bad school, I just had bad teachers.

What ultimately saved me was a few good teachers, my aunt being one of them. Though she was never my official teacher, her and my mother spent a great deal of time helping me learn almost everything outside of school.  Though I am extremely grateful for what they did, it shouldn't have had to come to that.

Teaching is a very serious responsibility, I know this better than most now. There are jobs where you can do the bare minimum and there are no real repercussions, this is certainly not the case with teaching. No matter how tired, stressed, or over worked you are, you still need to be on your game (kids lives are literally at stake). After my first year of teaching I was mentally and physically exhausted (this is why teachers need summers off), but I really helped a lot of my students move forward with their learning in big ways. No matter what else I do with my life I’ll know what I have accomplished with my students. It is tough but it is worth it for me. Will it be worth it for you?

Did you miss Dave's first blog? Don't worry, you can find it here

Tags: DaveM, Canada, Leicester

Category: Australian Teachers

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