The enthusiasm to teach students

Published 2:53pm Monday, July 26, 2010

The bell will soon toll to signal the beginning of a new school year. Teaching school has proven to be a very rewarding experience for many classroom teachers, pre-kindergarten through post secondary, and they want the public to know it.

Therefore, some have shared the reasons they love their job as a teacher on the website www.soyouwanttoteach.com. The reasons are: sharing my experiences; helping inexperienced teachers solve problems; the ability to help children achieve their best; inspiring them not only academically but personally; the thrill of a good and well thought-out lesson is incomparable; the instant feedback I get from my students about my own performance; being able to interact with kids who are mostly good and do try to do what’s expected of them; sharing my enthusiasm for my subject matter; I love learning and I love the interaction between professor and students; my coworkers are great; I feel smarter every day that I come home from my job; being able to explore diverse issues and situations; the challenge of teaching a second language in the 21st century; my bosses listen; I love working with teenagers, plus; I learn assertiveness from teenagers; I get to work with books, with I love; I get to explore stories and try new ideas and encourage others to do the same; I love messing with their heads; I love the power of controlling lives – well, at least for an hour or so a day; I love listening to their ideas and seeing the way their minds work; honestly, I can, in the space of 55 minutes, (on a good day) get booed for telling a bad joke; I love sharing my love for learning and my passion for certain topics; I also like seeing many of the cross-curricular connections students make; recruiting kids into my program; guiding students to success, both individually and through group work, and marketing those successes; I enjoy seeing their growth over the nine months I have them; they come into middle school as scared elementary students and leave at the end of the year, as (mostly) prepared seventh graders; the kids’ energies; their inquisitiveness makes me want to go and teach them, and push them harder; the rare occasion they come back for a visit, it is a joyful reunion; it has helped me overcome my fear of public speaking; I love watching freshmen grow into young ladies and gentlemen (in theory); and it goes beyond just teaching the material…it’s about making a personal connection with the students.

A positive (attitude) teacher is an inspiring person. Teaching school is “never ever” boring.

The article was written by Gerald Shirley, principal, School of Discovery, Selma, Ala.

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  • noplacelikehome

    I applaud Mr. Shirely for the many years of dedication he has given the students of Selma. He is one of the main reasons I have not lost faith in our school system. He taught me at Selma High and I have nothing but fond memories of how effective he was as a teacher. My daughter will now have him as principal this year and I know she is good hands!

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