Why do I want to be a teacher?

Towards the end of my Primary School Year’s, I moved from Newcastle to Dundee. It wasn’t until this point that I had the chance to reflect on the impact my first school had on me as a person. To my family and I, it wasn’t just a school, it was a community. The teachers had a great relationship with the pupils, as well as the parents and the wider community.
My teachers had a calming nature, were approachable and all shared a passion for teaching which was distinct. The dedication they had towards us pupils and our development all contributed to creating a comfortable, compassionate classroom where everyone was welcome. It always felt as if they got to know each pupil individually and had an understanding of who we all were. When I moved to my other school, I didn’t quite get this sense of devotion anymore, which made me realise how lucky I was for the majority of my school years. Having such strong role models from a young age helped to shape me in to the person I am today and is what has inspired me to pursue a career in teaching.

I aspire to be like the teachers I had growing up and will constantly think about what they would do when I am in a new or difficult situation. With my experience, I feel I have a strong understanding of how important it is to establish a community and not just a place where children go because they need too but where they can look forward to going each day. This has also encouraged me to be a teacher as I hope I can create this welcoming environment in my classroom and inspire someone else in years to come.

Welcome to your WordPress eportfolio

Welcome to your ePortfolio. This is where you will document and share your professional thoughts and experiences over the course of your study at the University of Dundee and beyond that when you begin teaching. You have the control over what you want to make public and what you would rather keep on a password protected page.

The ePortfolio in the form of this WordPress blog allows you to pull in material from other digital sources:

You can pull in a YouTube video:

You can pull in a Soundcloud audio track:

You can upload an image or pull one in from Flickr or any other image sharing site.

Teacher, Lorraine Lapthorne conducts her class in the Grade Two room at the Drouin State School, Drouin, Victoria

You can just about pull in anything that you think will add substance and depth to your writing.