Dreams and goals lay the foundation for students' development; diligent work paves the road towards brilliance; courage to conquer and cheerful hearts are the nutrients for young challengers; constant absorption and constructive thinking will accelerate students’ growth. As a teacher, I believe we are the sole engineers of children's development, and that our occupation allows us to foster the miracle of a proper education. I am now doing my master's degree majoring in childhood education and TESOL.
When I was a high school student, mathematics
was my weakest subject; the simplest problem provided me with the greatest of challenges. Although I started out at the bottom of my class, my mathematics instructor never gave up on me. He established me as his teacher's assistant, and provided me with extra help on concepts I had difficulties comprehending. When I lost faith in myself, he renewed it with his relentless efforts to help. I am forever grateful because he managed to get me up to the same level as my peers, allowed me to develop a love for a subject I used to hate, and fueled my dream to become a successful educator as he was for me.
Intelligence plays a very crucial rule in students’ development; however it cannot be compared to the uncountable advantages students can gain from real, hard work. As Albert Einstein so grandly stated: “genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration.” In my tutoring sessions, every student will be assessed equally and properly according to the time and energy they pay. If I witness genuine effort being put forth by struggling students, it becomes my duty to alter my lessons and assessments to better accommodate these students' learning styles; when my students work hard, it lets me know that I should be working hard too.
As a priority, I will ensure that my students understand that fruitful results will yield from hard work, and that anything is possible for anyone willing to put in the effort to seize their dreams; they will know that great people are not born, they are made. For instance, I once had a student whose dream was to attend a prestigious college. Even after warning him that acceptance would be highly difficult, he remained steadily determined, which inspired my determination to help him get in. I provided him with lengthy hours of additional tutoring, and never did he let up. One of my greatest moments in life was watching him rush over to tell me that he had received a letter of acceptance.
My students will be unremittingly taught to build up a vigorous spirit of striving ever upwards - a spirit of never giving up no matter what difficulties are encountered. It is my responsibility to teach them to have the right attitudes towards both success and failure. I am a firm believer that failure can serve as an excellent teacher in life's many obstacles. Students that fall will always be provided the opportunity to pick themselves up, and with my aid, they'll keep moving forward. I learned this principle first-hand when I had failed an important college examination. I originally believed that my world had ended, but thanks to the unyielding faith my mother provided me with, I decided not to give up. I kept a positive outlook, corrected past mistakes, and ended up performing remarkably well. As a teacher, I will definitely pass my optimistic spirit on to all my students.
Life is not a hundred-meter dash, it’s a lifelong marathon. My students will be taught that vast amounts of time and effort are necessary to make strides in their race towards their goals. They will learn to build personal aims, work hard, think positive, and most importantly, never give up. I believe that every student has the power to achieve their dreams and create miracles of their own.