Goal/Dream: Why I want to become a History Teacher
In the words of Marva Collins, “the good teacher makes the poor student good and the good student superior. When our students fail, we as teachers have failed.” History teachers enlighten students of all ages about the way different societies have changed over time as a result of religion, the economy, and needs for exploration. There are three main reasons why I am trying to reach my dream of becoming a teacher; I am history buff, advice from my family, and the personal benefits I will receive upon reaching my goal.
The first reason why I want to become a history teacher is that I’m a history buff. My passion when I was in the 5th grade; my class went on a trip to Boston. We went to visit some of the city’s famous attractions specifically attractions that had to do with the Revolutionary War. Some of these famous historical sites include the Bunker Hill Monument, Faneuil Hall, the Old North Church, the USS Constitution, etc.
Once I visit those I realized the history was really interesting and made me want to learn more about the history behind them. Another great example of what made me become a history buff was when I visited the Gettysburg National Military Park. When I visited the park, I wanted to learn more about the Battle of Gettysburg then what I already knew. What made the visit so interesting was that I felt like I was actually on the battlefield and I could picture in my head the battle day by day as I explored each site.
Even though I didn’t get to visit all the important sites, I felt I left with a better understanding of history than I did before. With the advice given to me by my family I was sure that this could be the ideal job for me.
Not all of my family was part of the military but that didn’t mean I didn’t get influence and advice from them. For example, my grandfather was in the Navy and he was a part of the Korean War from 1950-1953. He was on the front lines so he used to tell a lot of stories about his adventures in the war from when I was a child. My cousin Frank joined the Navy after he got out of high school, and went on a few tours to Iraq and had firsthand experience on what it is like to be on the front lines. My mom started noticing that as I got older I became more and more interested in history due to the fact that I had visited many historical landmarks throughout the country, and she has been a major influence on me to become a history teacher. These three people in particular had a major influence in my realization that history was one of my favorite subjects to learn and study.
There are many great benefits to becoming a history teacher. I would be able to live my dream ever since I thought about being one when I was in the 5th grade. Another factor is that being a history teacher is really interesting and inspiring because you get to explain the exciting tales of history from the past to students of all ages. As a teacher sharing you’ll be able to share excitement and enthusiasm with others willing to learn. Sharing your love of the subject matter with students is one of the best benefits of being a teacher because you can explain your side of view on history and share past experiences on what historical sites you have been. Being a teacher, you’ll can always learn something new and improve your skills each and every day and you can learn the subject inside and out.
In conclusion there are many reasons as to why I want to become a history teacher, but only three important factors affected my life made me eventually decide to pursue my dream. So whether it’s being history buff, advice from your family or personal satisfaction that made you decide to be a history teacher, these three factors would be at the top of my list on figuring out if you really want to become a history teacher or not. In other words, “If you never have a dream, you’ll never have a dream come true”.
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