Center Grove Middle School Central
GRADE 8 LANGUAGE ARTS
17 Years of Teaching; 17 Years at Center Grove
To me, teaching is important because...
Wow! This is a tough question because there are so many reasons why teaching is important. To start, teaching is important because it allows teachers an opportunity to connect with students. Before my students can write a strong thesis statement, analyze the central idea of a text, or explain the function of a gerund phrase, they must know that I care about them. I’m not sure what their lives are like at home. I can’t control what happens on the bus or in another classroom. However, I can control what happens in our 1st, 3rd, 4th, 6th, and 7th period classes. While in my space, I want students to feel like they are heard and they matter. I want students to know that I SEE them. Perhaps one of the best compliments I have ever received is when a student told me that I treat students like my own children. Just as I want the best for my own three children at home, I want the best for my students at school.
Of course, I cannot ignore the primary role of a teacher – to teach! There is no doubt that teachers play a significant role in the lives of students through helping students to learn. Because of knowledgeable teachers who work hard to create engaging activities and quality lesson plans, students can learn at high levels. As I build on the groundwork created from previous teachers, I can continue a student’s learning and help prepare them for high school. Of course, a student will continue his or her education until, hopefully, the student becomes a successful and fulfilled adult. I am proud to be one piece to the puzzle that allowed a student to pursue a meaningful life and career.