Tuesday, March 4, 2008

On Teaching

There's been a lot of media attention lately on the quality of teachers entering the workforce. Given that I want to be a teacher entering the workforce in a couple of years I'm paying a significant amount of attention to it. School principals are currently rating up to 70% of applicants as 'poor' or 'very poor'. Right now, a qualified teacher needs at least two years (and up to five) of service before a school can recommend them to become fully registered teachers. The recommended solution to this problem is to up the minimum amount of service to three years.

To be honest, I'm terrified at the idea of being a 'poor' teacher. I think I have the right personality to teach and I think that I'll make a good teacher. I also think I'll enjoy it immensely. I have a huge amount of respect for the high numbers of truly quality teachers I had going through high school and I know for a fact that I owe a large amount of who I am now to them. Looking back, I have no idea how they did it. The Mr. Wrights and Ms. Irwins of this world (to name but two) are the inspiration for me wanting to teach. I want kids to look back at their years with me as the years that actually changed their lives.

I've wanted to be a teacher since I was about 7 and used to teach my teddy bears their times tables. Later in life I thought my goal in life was to 'inspire' people to make huge differences in this world. Now I look at the two goals as one in the same.

I like the idea of a 3-year probation because it will give me the opportunity to learn from (hopefully) some awesome teachers and to give kids a passion for subjects that might otherwise bore them to tears. Geography's not generally a subject people hate but at the same time it's not what people expect either. I know I'm passionate about Geography and I know I'm passionate about making a difference in people's lives - I can only hope that when it comes my turn to stand up in front of a class of rowdy teenagers I posses the necessary tools to transfer my passion through to them.

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