For many Pre-Service Teachers (either in practicum or student teaching), it is good to look at why one wants to become a teacher…
In another post, we looked at goodness of fit with teaching. Do you possess the qualities inherent to become a good teacher? Read the post here: Goodness of Fit-Teaching.
Let’s take some time to reflect upon why you want to be a teacher…
Think about your educational background: What was your school experience like? was it positive? Did you have a teachers who inspired and encouraged you to be your best in all ways? Or, did you have a negative experience? What made the experience challenging?
Why do you want to become a teacher? I always knew I was a born teacher. It was always my instinct to help my twin brother from a young age and found myself naturally taking on the “teacher” role even as a young child. Do you want to follow in the footsteps of a good teacher you had or want to provide others with a better experience than you had?
Lastly, If you are a practicum or student teacher…
What are you hopeful to get out of this experience? If you are volunteering in a kindergarten, are you hopeful to learn about what motivates this age group to learn? Are you excited to learn about the curriculum or positive behavior support?
Check out this worksheet I created to reflect upon “why I want to be a teacher”
You can download the worksheet here: Why I want to be a teacher
I look forward to hearing your reflections!