December 20

Back to the Basics

I figured before I could start a website dedicated to education, teaching, and becoming a teacher, I should take a step back and define what it is that I will be talking about.

What is education? (Google Dictionary)

1. The process of receiving or giving systematic instruction, especially at a school or university.
2. An enlightening experience.

What is the purpose of education? (Forbes)
  • To prepare children for citizenship
  • To cultivate a skilled workforce
  • To teach cultural literacy
  • To help students become critical thinkers
  • To help students compete in a global marketplace

What is a teacher? (dictionary.reference.com)

1. A person who teaches or instructs, especially as a profession instructor.

What makes a great teacher? (Huffington Post)
  • A teacher teaches students, not a subject matter.
  • A teacher never ever gives up.
  • A teacher is a gift. Cherish them.

Why become a teacher? (CollegeXpress)

1. It’s fun.
2. You’ll learn a lot.
3. It will help you keep your own life in perspective.
4. Teaching is a very respectable profession.
5. Teachers get to be a positive influence on the next generation of young people.

While all of this information is just the basics, it’s a solid starting ground for the information that will be presented in the days/weeks/months/years to come!

December 19

The Waiting Game

I’VE APPLIED TO TEACHERS COLLEGE!

It took most of my first term to write my applications, edit them, edit again, and edit them one last time, but it’s finally done! I have applied to the Junior/Intermediate division (Grades 4-10) with a Geography teachable. The universities that I applied to (in no particular order, other than alphabetically) are: Brock, Laurier, Ottawa, Windsor, and York.

For those of you who are about to ask: “No, I do not have a preference… yet.” All I can say for now is that Monday, March 2, 2015 could not come soon enough. Until then, we wait…

December 18

Welcome!

There are the born teachers who just want to do it. People will do it because they want to put something back into the community. Or they will have a passion for what they do and want other people to share that passion.

– Phil Harrison

I remember that moment in Junior Kindergarten when my teacher sat me down and asked me, “What do you want to be when you’re older?” My response: “A teacher.” Did I just say something to please my teacher? Or was I born to be a teacher? Since that moment, teaching has been the one goal in my life that I have never strayed from. Determination, destiny, or both?

There are so many areas of the world of education that I am interested in exploring, and this blog is my way of sharing those findings with the world. I hope to investigate everything, including topics such as procrastination, bullying, homework, the effects of computers on education, lesson plans, any fun initiatives that can be used in the classroom.

Thank you for joining me on this journey!