13 – Teachers Are Cool Too

As a senior student, one of our responsibilities is to make sure, or at least try, to secure a spot in a post secondary institution. I’m one of those people who plans out everything, prefers not to wing any situation. I dislike having to worry later on, I can’t be like those people who just ‘go with the flow’; not saying that those people are bad or disorganized. If anything, I admire how they take control of things in the moment, “live in the present” as they say. For me, I already know what I want to be when I grow up. I’ve even have a Plan B career in case my dream career doesn’t work out!

I’ve always known what I wanted to do since I was a kid. I wanted to teach. Throughout my childhood, my family and I always moved around. Besides Richmond Secondary School, I’ve never stayed in a school for more than two years. As much as I love education, I’ve encountered many teachers that didn’t really ignite the fire in many of us students. Of course, there’s always those gems. My grade 5 teacher, Ms. Pamela, was the one who made me want to become a teacher. She made us feel comfortable in class, she constantly made us interested on what we’re learning, and our class always looked forward to learning new things. I remember thinking: I want to be able to have the same effect on my students. I want people to appreciate education and make it fun, not stressful nor burdensome. Lately, a lot of millennials are starting to question the school system. Instead of school being fun, our second home, it has become the worst nightmare for many students. The amount of pressure that we get in a school environment and the burden of our academics, as if our whole lives revolved on our grades, it’s taken a toll on many of us. We’ve started to rely on our grades to our self-worth. I want to be able to change that. I want my students to come to class because they want to. If they’re not doing so well, I want to be able to encourage them and help them get back up on their feet. If that doesn’t happen, that’s okay! There’s always another way. I want to inspire my students, not lower their self esteems. Education is not something we should take for granted, and I want my students to see it this way as well.

“True teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross; then, having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create their
own.”                                                                                             -Nikos Kazantzakis

‘Alu ā!

Coleen