In “Should I become a teacher?” Paul asks,
“Should I become a teacher?
What is your response? I really need to hear what you would say.”
My answer would be that it depends on what your purpose is. If you want to be a teacher because:
· You want to be in control.
· You get a steady paycheck.
· You heard that teachers only work 9 months out of the year.
· You heard that it was an easy job.
· You couldn’t find a job doing something else.
My answer would be unequivocally no.
If you want to become a teacher because
· You want to help others.
· You want to make a difference.
· You like being around young people.
· You understand learners because you were one and want to help those who learn like you do.
· You want to teach others things that you feel are important for them to know in order to be independent.
· You feel like it is a truly noble profession and one that you want to be part of.
· You want to learn strategies that will help you teach others.
· You like teaching others how to do things.
· You don’t mind working long hours, long days, and usually many days during your summer vacation.
Then my answer is a resounding yes!
How would you answer this? Please share your thoughts.
Posted on the Successful Teaching Blog by loonyhiker (successfulteaching at gmail dot com).