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    Posted September 12, 2012 by
    Chicago, Illinois
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    Teachers: Why do you teach?

    Why I like and don't like teaching


    Everyone is born with a special gift and I believe mine was to teach. I had a wonderful teacher who inspired me by the name of Mr. Santamarina. He wore many hats such as a father, a mentor, counselor, confidant, and others. You just knew that he was proud to be a teacher. I know that everyone has a teacher that they can look up to, someone who pushed them just a little harder so they can achieve their American Dream. I wanted to be that teacher, someone who would touch a child's live the way he did to me.
    So why do I teach to give the students a rich learning environment that I had when I was growing up. To help them with their hopes and dreams. To instill the love of learning so that they can pass it on to their generation. I did not go into teaching for the money or summer breaks, I went in to teaching to make a difference in student’s lives, to help parents access resources give suggestions on how to help their child at home.
    The educational system is rapidly changing. If you compare the schools of the past you will see that there are many changes. There are few black boards and more white boards. There are few dictionaries and encyclopedias and more computers with internet. Books are now being downloaded into Kindles, tablets, or Ipads. Every student has a phone and text messaging is the new thing. We need to be on top of things.
    What I don’t like is that the educational system requires you to continue your education but refuses to compensate you for it. The teachers work before, during and after school. They spend hours at home preparing lesson plans, grading papers, preparing materials for the students, buying supplies for the classroom which only $100.00 is reimbursed. Why do we do it, you ask, because we LOVE IT. That’s why not every person can be a Teacher it's a gift.
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