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People in this field are very underrated in terms of what they actually do for us. They know us as children, as young adults, and even as adults. They are constantly instilling and drilling into us specific values and knowledge about the world. Many of them are overworked and underpaid, but expected to do their jobs. We know them as teachers.
The teaching profession is a rewarding experience, as the teacher is the learner, and provides valuable knowledge to those who are learning. Teachers, unfortunately, often must abide by a specific curriculum, usually approved by the school or state. Some teachers will experiment with their students, while other stick to the general teaching-learning structure.
It may seem like some students have a hard time learning, but it may just be in how the teacher is teaching the lesson. It takes a special teacher to be patient and understanding with all their students, especially developing lesson plans that cater to all students.
Teaching is about passion and creativity. If you want to get into teaching for the money, you might be better off getting into a different field. If you find teaching rewarding because you get to teach something and inspire students, than teaching may just be for you!
This is my interview with Philip Turner, a chemistry teacher, who has some advice for those looking to get into the teaching field.
Never let anything stand in your way of your dreams or your careers! If it is your desire to become a teacher, than be a teacher! If you want to be something else, than be something else! Figure out what you want to do, do what you love, and get paid to do it! If you become a teacher, just remember that you are not only the teacher, but the student as well!