Personal Philosophy: My Career Goals In Elementary Education

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If someone were to ask me four years ago what I planned to do with my life, I would not have a definite answer. Before entering college, I was uncertain as to what career path I wanted to take. Growing up, my mother always told me that I would make a wonderful teacher. She had a background in teaching and wanted me to pursue the same career path that she once took. I knew that I really enjoyed working with children; therefore, I thought my best option was to become an elementary teacher. Teaching allowed me to not only work closely with children but to also make a difference. Teaching is considered to be one of the most prestigious and noble careers, so I entered college feeling as though I was making the right decision. During my sophomore year, I began to take coursework related to elementary education. I was able to see what teaching students really entailed and required. After observing a fifth grade classroom and learning more about the field of teaching, I began to question if teaching was something that I wanted to take on full time. Although I was conflicted as to whether I should continue on the journey to becoming an elementary teacher, I was unable to change my academic major due to financial circumstances. During that particular …show more content…
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