Essay on My Career As A Teacher

1977 Words Mar 19th, 2016 null Page
I have worked with children since high school and waited several years before becoming a teacher because I didn’t feel I fit the teacher mold. I believe children should have choices, be highly engaged and learn through inquiry. My personal childhood education was based on starting and finishing seatwork assignments. Later in life my son’s fourth grade teacher inspired me to earn my degree in Elementary Education. She helped me see that I could teach within my belief system with others who had the same passion.
My career is in its seventh year and my teaching philosophy has grown, changed and simplified. I have taught 2nd grade for 6 of these years, in this time I have learned more than I ever thought possible. I have teetered back and forth to understand how to provide the social and academic needs of my students. Through earning my Master’s I have branched out to look at education with a wider lens understanding its purpose more holistically. The following quote reminds me that psychology, teaching and learning unite through effective instruction. Therefore, “you must work your pupil into such a state of interest in what you are going to teach him that every other object of attention is banished from his mind; then reveal it to him so impressively that he will remember the occasion to his dying day; and finally fill him with devouring curiosity to know what the next steps in the subject are” (James, 1889). Continuing my education helped me return to the…

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