What do you hope to accomplish as a Teacher?

This is the final part in a four part series called “Why a Teacher?” In it I discuss the four most common questions of someone wanting to be a teacher. When I first began I thought this might be the hardest question to answer. Now, I realize this is not as difficult as first thought. The last question is, “What do you hope to accomplish as a teacher?”

If you have read the previous four then you may have an idea what some of the things are I hope to accomplish. I hope to do for my students what my inspirational teachers did for me. I hope to introduce them to the passion that history can be, that history can be fun and exciting, to infuse within them an appreciation for history – if not a love for it – and that the skills used in history can carry over to any field they may enter; business, fashion, banking, government, theater, urban development, etc. Anything they go into, there is history behind it and involved in it.

Naively, I hope to show them that each of them can make a difference; that they are significant and they matter. I hope to provide a safe environment where students will not feel bullied or badgered by others. I hope to provide structure and boundaries so that students can feel free enough and have enough room to experiment and “play” in the sandbox that history can be. I hope to be criticized by conservative parents for teaching their children liberal ideas and by liberal parents for teaching their children conservative ideas; in other words, I hope to be so objective that students and parents are unable to determine what my political affiliation is. Fairness (as defined by giving equal time to each side of an issue and fairness as defined as what is in the best interest of the student as determined by me) will be a watchword in the classroom. I hope to empower students so they are ready to attend college if that’s what they desire or to go into the work-a-day-world if that’s what they want.

These are the things that drive me to be a teacher. These are the things I hope to accomplish as a teacher.

What did you wish to accomplish when you first started teaching and how has that changed (if it has) since you have been teaching?  How have you implemented your goals into your lesson plans?

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3 responses

  1. I just want to say thank you for writing these four entries. I am in the process of applying to a couple of schools and, as most do now, Googled my essay question (What do you hope to accomplish?). I’ve read several answers on the web and it wasn’t until I came across your blog that I felt motivated to write! I am one of those people who can zoom through creative writing, but when it comes to my personal thoughts and emotions, I cannot get anything down b/c my mind is filled with so many feelings, especially regarding this subject. So, I simply didn’t know where to start. After reading your statements, all i can say is, “YES!” You broken every goal down to its foundational emotion: I feel this way b/c I feel THIS way b/c I feel THIS WAY, etc.

    So, again, thank you. You really hit the nail on the head, and I think you’ve helped a lot of people out with this blog. I hope the best for you! I’m sure you’re an excellent teacher!

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    1. Thanks for the kind words. I’m glad they encouraged you to write. It is hard to write sometimes and I had given up on this blog but I believe I’m going to start back up and in part due to your words. It just takes one person to encourage someone else to do something positive that can change so many others. It just takes one person to start to change the world.

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  2. Thank you! I came across your writing and you explained exactly how I feel and put it into great words. I appreciate you!!!

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