Career paths are often difficult decisions and we must look inside ourselves to find what truly motivates us. Education is a career choice for those who want to make a difference and are motivated to help every child reach greatness!
Why Choose to Become an Educator
“Great educators will influence great futures.”
When I chose to become an educator, this phrase was the foundation that my decision was based on. A child’s future has unlimited possibilities and an educator has to have the desire to facilitate those possibilities.
A great educator knows that helping a child fulfill his or her potential is more than just teaching ABCs and fractions. It is getting to know each child personally and taking time to build social relationships and character.
Every time I walk into a classroom, I have to be prepared for the diverse cultures that I am going to encounter. Is there going to be a child who cannot speak fluent English, one who is experiencing a broken home, or even worse, homelessness?
Encouragement has to be as much a part of the daily curriculum as reading and writing. A great educator has to be able to organize and multi-task, be kind but firm and most importantly they have to love what they do.
Howto Become an Educator
I entered the education classes expecting boring classes that focused on how many research papers I could roll out on a weekly basis. I was pleasantly surprised when I learned that education classes are focused on a more hands-on experience.
Although research papers are an inevitable part of any class, education majors are expected to create lesson plans filled with projects designed to help a child understand the content being taught. Classes are focused on how to teach children reading, mathematics and science while others are centered on classroom management and behavior control.
With so many different degree options, it is easy to find the right position for you. Associate degrees offer the possibility of becoming a teacher’s assistant or child care worker. Bachelor’s and master’s degrees give you the opportunity to get licensure to teach in public or private schools while getting a Ph.D. puts you on a path toward being an administrator. Whichever option you choose, there is always going to be a need for every facet of education.
The Positives and Negatives of Being an Educator
The first time I watched a child sound out her first sentence, “See Spot Run”, was a moment I will never forget. Knowing that she had worked so hard for months learning each letter sound and then molding those sounds together, I was filled with joy and a sense of achievement. These are the moments when an educator knows he or she has made the right choice.
The classroom can frequently be a stressful, headache-inducing environment. Students and parents are difficult to work with and the administration is often unhelpful. The workload can seem endless and often educators feel unappreciated for their efforts. During these times, it is important to remember that every day there is a chance to make a difference. You are shaping the future of each and every student.
One day you will get a card or email from a former student thanking you for your hard work and encouragement. You can go home and feel satisfied in knowing that today you changed a life.