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Why is teaching for me?

Why I want to become a primary teacher.

Thinking about my childhood, unlike some children, I always remembered school being a positive experience, a place that I enjoyed attending. I feel lucky to say that school was a place I felt comfortable going and enjoyed the company of my friends and teachers. Although I am aware that school is not like that for everyone. The teachers that left such a positive mark on my life were the enthusiastic ones that enjoyed their careers and cared about the children they were working with. I want as many children to like me have a positive outlook on school and I knew the best possible way of doing that was to become a teacher.  I desire to be like the teachers that had such a positive influence on my life and feel like i have the right qualities to achieve this.

I didn’t always want to be a primary teacher though, when i was growing up i wanted to be a PE teacher, but my ambitions came after I left school and got a job working as pupil support assistant in a local school. I found myself working in a Primary 1 class and working closely with certain individual children. I found great satisfaction working closely with these children and becoming an influence in their life’s just as my past teachers had in mine. Watching the children grow not only academically but socially is something I found a joy to watch. The school I worked in had a number of great teachers which have set such a high standard of teaching that I myself would one day like to achieve.

It is not only the staff that work in the school I attended and the school I myself worked in that have gave me this desire to become a teacher but the example shown by my own mum. My mum works in a school with children who have additional support needs and it was her that gave me my first taster by getting me a job volunteering at a local charity that work with children from her school. Here I have been able to grow the foundations to the skills I believe will be useful when becoming a teacher. It was throughout this job that I realised how fulfilling it is working with children and how natural it was to me.

I believe that it was the fine examples shown to me by a number of influential characters in my short life and the different experiences I have made are the reason I want to become a primary teacher. I want to make school a positive experience for as many children as possible and try to achieve the highest teaching standard that I can.