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Why Teach?

Heyy.  I thought that I would share a poem that one of my classes wrote collectively.  The class broke into four groups and wrote a line and then passed it for about twenty minutes.  This is the outcome when everything was put together...

Why Teach?

I teach to learn, to encourage balance, to encourage growth, to pursue
my higher self. I want to teach because I would like to bring about a sense of well-being to students in our society. Because I want to share my passion of theater. I teach because if the world is to change, it will be changed by the youth. Because I am a man of few words. I can’t wait “till every summer when I have off. Because I like kids. I teach because knowledge is worthless if it’s not shared. Because I choose to disagree OUT LOUD!!!! I feel like I gotta go….. Because I want to cultivate imagination. I teach to inspire thought, and safeguard against manipulation. Because I am Man. I can’t wait for recess. Because I want to give a better education than I got. I teach to make a difference. I teach to inspire. I teach to make a change. I teach to better the lives of children. I teach to teach what I have learned. I teach to expand their thinking. I teach to grow as an individual and as a teacher. I teach in hopes for a brighter future for our world. I teach to change the world. I teach to guide students to be respectful, proactive citizens. I teach to see their smiles. I teach to give students information they might not otherwise learn. I teach to be a role model. I teach to be a strong force in their lives. I teach to make them laugh. I teach to make a learning environment fun, yet instructional. I teach because it is in my blood. I teach to learn when I am learning to teach. I teach to believe. I teach because it is a profession and not a job. I teach because I want to be the same as the teacher who changed my life in my middle school. I teach because I love to learn. I teach to inspire a new outlook at the world. I teach because I have hope. I teach history to help “us” learn from our mistakes. I teach because when I die, my students, and my students’ students will stay. I teach because I believe that no student should be “just another statistic.” I teach to discover a life. I teach for anyone who ever felt invisible. I teach because it is more than sitting behind a desk and answering email. I teach because it’s a silent way to influence people. I teach because the voices tell me to. I teach because I build on people’s fate. I teach to laugh. I teach to learn. I teach to share my passion in the arts. I teach to make a difference. I teach to stay in touch with my language and my culture. I teach because this world is great and I want others to see this. I teach to perpetuate my favorite narratives. I teach to connect with others. I teach because I care. I teach to see things from a different view. I teach to escape. I teach to remember. I teach to better express my thoughts. I teach because I can’t stand working a desk job. I teach to see children grow into thinking personalities. I teach because I love teaching. I teach to laugh. I teach because I want something to do with the voices and minds of the future. I teach to share my voice and mind with our future. I teach to learn from others. I teach to be heard. I teach to see the look on a student’s face when something finally clicks. I teach because I know I can help to create that moment where it clicks. I teach to influence the lives of my students. I teach to listen. I teach because I have been inspired by those who taught me. I teach to inspire those who come after me. I teach to face new challenges. I teach to start over. I teach to see growth, passion and happiness. I teach to open pathways never imagined before. I teach to meet new people. I teach because that is my one and only calling. I teach as a calling to the future.


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munechan
Dec. 12th, 2008 11:47 pm (UTC)
that was REALLY amazing. yeah, a few smart-ass remarks but overall, i think they had some beautiful reasons for wanting to teach.
spreadsothin
Dec. 13th, 2008 03:32 am (UTC)
Because I want to share my passion of theater.

Is that your line?
lilywinograd
Dec. 13th, 2008 05:08 am (UTC)
Actually the theater line isn't mine. That's from a nice boy named Ryan. I am actually studying to be a teacher for both theater and English for secondary ed. I wrote...

I teach because I want something to do with the voices and minds of the future.

I teach to see the look on a student’s face when something finally clicks

I teach because I have been inspired by those who taught me

I teach to see growth, passion and happiness.

I teach because that is my one and only calling
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