Becoming a Teacher
I started working on getting a teaching certification last week through an alternative certification program. I see it as a good way to try something new and get out of my current job, which is good but not what I want to be doing. Honestly all I really want to do is be a musician and a comic book artist (I developed these ambitions as a kid and never outgrew them) but that stuff doesn’t always pay the bills, and I want to enjoy my hobbies instead of depending on them. The program I’m working with is called iteachTexas and it will apparently allow me to start teaching right away with a probationary certificate even though I just started the program. I’ll be teaching middle or high school English and language arts, which means we’ll get to read books and write papers and stuff. It’ll be a lot of fun I think (for me, maybe not for the students). I’m qualified to teach journalism because I majored in it, but I don’t want to. I got enough of that in college.
Taking the teaching course and learning about education has actually been really interesting. I’ve had to write essays about my own experiences in grade school and high school, and it’s kind of weird digging up all those old memories, but cool at the same time. Many of my teachers were pure evil moronic turds, and others were really inspiring and helped me develop my skills and interests. I hope that when I start teaching I can be the latter. I work at a high school as a technology person, so I see students struggle every day with mean, judgmental peers and teachers, and I see the way they respond to education. It’s not good.
School is hard for kids. They fail things, get picked on, trip in the hallways and drop their books, get in trouble and embarrass themselves. School makes most kids feel like losers. It’s kind of like a setup for a difficult and disappointing life ahead instead of an inspiration to learn new things and enjoy life. Education systems stifle creativity when they’re supposed to foster it. I see so much about teaching that I want to change. When I first started trying to get certified I was just doing it because I wanted to make more money and have more free time, summers and holidays off, etc., but I’m really getting into it now. I think maybe I actually want to do this, which is unusual for me. Like I said earlier, I have other, sillier ambitions that I would rather pursue, and I will probably never stop pursuing them, but nobody said I can only be passionate about one or two things in a lifetime. It’s just that this passion kind of snuck up on me. Every job I’ve ever had has been too easy and boring. I think this one will not be.
The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change. – Carl Rogers (brainyquote.com)
All original content copyright S.D. de la Rosa, 2013.
~ by Sara on February 1, 2013.
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