I believe that being able to pass on some piece of knowledge, inspiration, or wisdom is the single most powerful thing in life. Growing up, having different types of teachers in school, I always knew that becoming a teacher in my future was something I could definitely see myself doing. I know that becoming a teacher is the perfect way to give back to the community, reach out to the youth, and to pay back those who taught me when I was getting my education. My biggest motivation for wanting to tecah is simply the lasting impressions and memories that my past teachers have left in my life; I would feel complete if I could do the same for someone else--and even beter, for hundreds of kids.
Although I am unsure of what subject I want to teach, I am positive that I want to teach high school students. High school was such a growing experience for me and for those around me, and I have vivid memories of the high school teachers I had--not only because of what they taught me in school, but of what they taught me on a personal level. I want to be the teacher that my students can come to for advice of all kinds; I want to use my past experiences to benefit youth, to be a positive role model in their lives, and to affect future generations in a revolutionary way.
When it comes to how I want to teach, I generally want to be a teacher who is challenging with whatever the subject matter may be, yet provide a relaxed and open environment for students to work and collaborate with. I definitely never want to be the head of the class—I would rather see my students have an equal share of class time, when it comes to discussions and input. Ultimately, my goal is to have my students leave class each day knowing that they themselves were productive, rather that knowing that I, the teacher, was.