My Career As An Educator Essay

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“The environment must be rich in motives which lend interest to activity and invite the child to conduct his own experiences.” –Maria Montessori
Although she may have had some radical ideas for her time, I feel that Maria Montessori touches upon a necessity of success in education, interest. In my own educational career, and now in my career as an educator, I have seen how interest can make all the difference in the effort and attention a child puts into their coursework. My purpose in applying to graduate school follows the principles of interest and passion. I worked in a field that I wasn’t enjoying or feeling fulfilled in, and each day was a marathon I struggled to push myself through. When contemplating a change, I looked back on things I truly loved, and experiences that really changed my life. In contemplating these two criteria I was brought back to my sophomore Biology class.
I had always enjoyed school but Science, which I had struggled with, was not something I was passionate about. I entered sophomore year with a firm life plan that did not include the sciences past high school in any capacity that was not mandatory. Mrs. McCartney changed that. I would come home from school every day and all I could talk about was what I learned in her class. With no hyperbole, it changed my life. A whole new world was opened up to me by one woman who saw things in a way I couldn’t, who presented everything to me with so much enthusiasm that you couldn’t help but be swept up in…

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