I have always wanted to be a teacher of some sort. When I was very young I wanted to be an art teacher, then all throughout junior and high school I wanted to be an English teacher. When I entered my senior year of high school, however, I wanted to teach music.
I had always been very musically involved in my school. I always did the school musicals, along with every other extra-curricular activity regarding singing and playing music. I knew that it was a very complicated field and I was told that the Music Education program had the second highest dropout rate of every major, next to Medicine, but I still wanted to teach music. I want to become an elementary school teacher because I want to be able to teach a student with no prior knowledge of the subject matter. I want to start with the youngest age possible so that they are learning from scratch. There is something very rewarding about being responsible for giving a child the first bit of knowledge regarding their subject. You can then continue to educate them and see their progress with each subsequent day/week/year. I feel as though it would be an unbelievable feeling to see the child’s talent and work ethic on the day they graduate in comparison to their first day working with you. I wish to make my students feel good about themselves and help them realize and fulfill their dreams. I’ve always wanted a challenge and I know there will be obstacles in the teaching field, such as not having the students’ full attention, respect, not having students with work ethic or drive, kids not attending classes, failing, worrying about not being good enough, etc.
I believe it is all worth the hardships in order to eventually earn the respect and gratitude of the students. I also look forward to hearing the feedback of my coworkers and the parents of my students about my methods of teaching, and hopefully will receive constructive criticism as well.