From a very young age, I knew that I wanted to be a teacher. Throughout my years in school, I quietly observed the teachers I had starting in about 5th grade. I listened to their words of wisdom, picked up on their classroom management techniques, and admired their work as they taught us the skills we’d later need in life. While I was in school, I had two teachers who stood out to me the most. They stood out not only in terms of effective teaching, but also as great influences and people in general. They made a point to connect with their students inside and outside of the classroom, and I will always hold both of them dear to my heart.
When most people think of math classes, the memories are less than pleasant. Half of us were so scared of middle school math due to the fact that we were starting to add the alphabet with numbers. We could hardly fathom how much more difficult it would become. Without the help of my 8th grade math teacher, I don’t think I would have been ready to take on high school math. Ms. Alexander had so many unconventional methods for teaching math, but she was very efficient in her teaching. She never came to class without a complete game plan for how she wanted her class to go that day, and how she would adapt her lesson to ensure that everyone would at least understand the concept of what she was teaching. She had no issue with going back over content as many times as she had to in order to help any student understand, but not without doing something
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As I thought about the most important qualities of an outstanding educator, certain individuals came to mind. It has been my good fortune to have had excellent teachers and instructors, and to have worked with people who are caring, competent, and creative. They were and
Everyone has had that one teacher who inspired them, and who made coming to school every day worthwhile. My teacher was my 4th grade teacher, Mrs. Eardly. She went above and beyond to be a good teacher to me, went out of her way to make sure I was taken care of, and inspired me to be a better person.
The teachers, they can point to and say, “That individual assisted me in becoming the person I am today.” For me, I have one special person that I can do that to. This individual is not only my favorite teacher, but very influential in my life. Katie Josef, my Ed Tech teacher, has shown me what true passion for the field of education looks like. I witness her upbeat personality, and get to experience the kindness she exuberates to her students on a daily basis. She drives the individuals in her class to succeed to their best ability. She inspires me to become an outstanding teacher in whatever field I choose to pursue. Mrs. J has shown me what a teacher that cares for her students truly looks like. With the love and support she shows, it is no mystery how she creates unbreakable bonds with her students- bonds that last for many years, even after a student's graduation. I desire to create these same bonds with my future
As I was going through high school there were many teachers that were important to me, but there was one that stood out in my mind that truly influenced my life. Mr. Ron Edwards, my 9th grade American History teacher was the most influential teacher I have ever had throughout school. Mr. Edwards was very passionate about teaching and you could tell by the way he taught every single day. He talked loud so that you wouldn’t fall asleep in his class. It was very hard to fall asleep in his class because you never knew if he was going to pick on you that day to answer questions during his discussions. He always noticed how well I took notes and he let me know it throughout the trimester. I was the best note taker he had ever met. Knowing this fact
“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” There are so many different quality traits that separate a mediocre teacher from a great teacher. So who’s to decide what those specific traits are? Every student is different when it comes to learning. One may love a certain teacher, and another may not. All teachers have different teaching styles. Looking back at my favorite teachers from high school, I noticed that they all had similar characteristics that made them my favorites. However, they also had their own unique qualities that made them stand out as well. These teachers have not only taught me the required criteria for the class, but in fact made me a better individual. The three teachers, in which have made the biggest impact on my life are: Cassie Applegate, Jason Aker, and Eric Padget.
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Plenty of experiences and people have influenced my desire to become a teacher but if I were to choose one person who has had the greatest impact it would have to be my high school teacher and coach Mr. Bonin. Although he was a P.E teacher, he also taught my grade 10 Civics class. In this class we would often have class discussions, sometimes about a new subject we were learning and other times simply to talk about our lives. The way Mr. Bonin interacted
Throughout my life, I attended a very small school. My teachers I had have been the ones that inspired me to become a teacher. I was inspired to become a teacher by my sixth-grade teacher, Mrs. Haney. She taught me that no star was too hard to reach. She made me believe that if I put a goal in my mind, that I could tackle it and that I could make it. Before I had her class, I really didn’t have any self-confidence. However, while I was in my class, she made my self-confidence boost. This wonderful person that was a part of my life has lead me to make the decision of become a teacher.
The one teacher that will always have a enormous impact on my future and how I teach is Mrs. Moss. I had the opportunity to job shadow her a couple years back and it was an unforgettable experience. When the students were in other classes, I got to ask her questions that also helped me get an understanding of how hard she worked. She told me about the good parts of teaching, the negative parts of teaching, what was hard, what was easy, and we talked about some of her past experinces. This opened my eyes to see that not everyday in the classroom is sunshine and butterflies however, she showed me that no matter the day it is the teachers job to make it great. You (the teacher) are possibly one of the first few faces they see in the morning, your comments and gestures may influence how their entire day
"A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops." This is one of my favorite teaching quotes, penned by Henry Adams. It reminds me of the reasons that first fueled my passion for teaching and keeps me motivated through all my experiences. When I was about five years old, I would line my barbies in a row and "teach" them the alphabet. I believe teachers are not created but born, and this was the case for me as well. I always knew I would find teaching highly rewarding. Additionally, I had marvelous teachers myself who inspired me to admire the profession. One in particular stood out to me, Mrs. Sather. She helped me with college applications, applying to scholarships and developing a love for math. I want to be a Mrs.
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I have never seen a math class run as smooth as Mrs. Cameron’s sixth grade math class at Sumrall Middle School. She is organized, knowledgeable, and ready to teach every single Monday and Wednesday that I am in there. The children call her Mrs. Fun because she is the definition of fun. But not only is she fun, she is also serious about imbedding math skills in these student’s brains. I wish that I had her as my sixth-grade math teacher because the way she explains things makes everything click.
I recall my fifth grade teacher Mrs. Friedman, who was much more than just a superior figure to me. Most people do not remember anything that they learned before high school, let alone elementary school; but Mrs. Friedman broke that cycle. That year I became a better and more motivated student. For example, my school used Accelerated Reader to motivate students to read books by holding a competition each quarter to see who read the most books. I never payed much attention to A.R. reading because I knew I was only doing it for the grade. When Mrs. Friedman realized I was not participating as frequently as other students, she taught me a valuable lesson. She explained that reading is fundamental to acquiring knowledge and without reading it would be difficult to learn at the same pace as other students. She introduced me to different genres of books and roamed the aisles of the library by my side until I had chosen something to read. She motivated me to finish a long book that I would have never picked up a year earlier. Every day she encouraged me to finish a few more pages instead of giving up and would ask me to explain what I had read that day and my feelings about it. If it were not for her, I would not be in love with reading books as I am today. Actions like these are what make a teacher
During the last four years of my high school life I came across a number of different teachers, all of them together had different styles of teaching and some were more positive than others. Be that as it may, despite the different characters that wanted to mentor me and those who care not too there were three women who gave of them self and did their best to teach a young Black girl a few extra things. Distinguished from their co-workers it showed me just what a great teacher is.