During my years at school I quickly realised that teachers had a large impact on my school experience. One teacher in particular inspired me, during my primary years, to want to teach children. She always encouraged me to do my best and reach my full potential, which showed me the type of teacher I aspire to be.
Coming from a school which was considered to be deprived, the attainment gap was extremely evident within my peer group. This experience has given me the drive to want to help close this gap within education and within the classroom. Children are more impressionable when younger, so a large responsibility is placed upon early years teachers to try and ensure that each student has the same opportunities within learning. The passion I have for this is the main driving factor as to why I want to become a primary teacher.
Additionally, being a young leader in girl guides allowed me to see how rewarding teaching can be. Seeing a child develop and mature is a completely rewarding experience and being able to impact them in the slightest way makes me proud of my ability to influence them in certain ways. Building up trust within children can be a difficult task, some take longer than others to feel as though they can confide within you, whereas others are more willing to believe what you say. The build in relationships between a teacher and their class is not only gratifying, but helps to maintain children’s attention and develop their social skills through interacting with a range of people.
I strongly believe that children need someone they can trust and rely upon to help build their confidence and personalities in a way that only a teacher can. Being able to help shape the minds of the younger generations is not only a privilege, but also a responsibility that must be taken seriously to help aid in their growth. My experiences have all impacted upon me, from primary school until now, to want to become a teacher that children can feel safe enough with, but also know which boundaries are set in place.
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