I wanted to be a teacher since I was a little girl. Before that I wanted to be a nurse but I realized at a very young age I did not want to see sick people, it made me to sad. I dreamed of being a teacher being like my favorite teacher Mr. Hull.
I was going to teach my students about history and the why and how history happened. I was going to challenge kids to form their own political opinion not just take their parents views as their own (if they did not want to). I was going to integrate their history lessons into the rest of the curriculum… It was going to be amazing.
Then I went to college. Every teacher I did evaluations and work with said “Do not be a teacher” “teaching is awful do anything else.” I laughed it off for two whole years. I never met a teacher who said being a teacher was amazing.
I started student teaching my senior year. The teacher I was working with told me I had to teach his lesson plans, on his schedule and I had to do it for the state exam process that required the students to pass a test in order to graduate. I was not going to really write one lesson plan. I could do nothing creative, I had to plow through content a inhuman speed in order to get to the benchmarks expected.
I had to really look at my career and what I wanted to do. I realized that I could not be a teacher in the current educational system. Testing, rules and regulations are not what I am willing to do.
There are times I that I laid down to the man and did not become a teacher anyway and work to change the system. But I know I can work to change the system from lots of different angles. I have always wanted to be very happy in my career. I could not start my career with the goal of fighting the way it was being run.
I hope you kids have amazing teachers who wanted to be the teacher I wanted to be and did not give up. I think there are those kinds of teachers out there.