A to Z Teacher Stuff ~ Teacher Resources, Lesson Plans, Themes, Tips, Printables, and more
Go Back   A to Z Teacher Stuff Forums > Archives (Read-Only) > Archives > General Archives > General Education Archives

Thread Tools
Old 06-14-2006, 04:21 PM
teacherfan's Avatar
teacherfan teacherfan is offline
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 572
2nd Grade Teacher
Why do you want to be a teacher?

I had an interview yesterday and this was the first question they asked me. Just curious what others say. I stammered on about how I like working with children, in a class, etc. I don't think I sounded very confident or convincing (although I really do like working with children and being in the classroom).

Old 06-14-2006, 04:27 PM
Beth2004's Avatar
Beth2004 Beth2004 is offline
Join Date: Jun 2004
Posts: 3,508
5th Grade Teacher
Simply put, I want to be a teacher because I love watching students discover new things and witnessing those "lightbulb" moments when students start to understand something that they didn't before.
Old 06-14-2006, 04:32 PM
JaimeMarie's Avatar
JaimeMarie JaimeMarie is offline
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 7,402
Kindergarten Teacher
Oh love your answer Beth.

I would have done the same thing about stammering along and not sounding convincing.
Old 06-14-2006, 05:00 PM
JustMe JustMe is offline
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 8,133
I know what you mean...sometimes it is hard to put into words something that just "is". Teaching and interacting with adolescents is something natural that comes from within. I even wonder if I had any choice in the matter at all because it seems God chose it for me and tailored me for the profession. Anyway, this is not my answer to the the interview question, just saying...
Old 06-14-2006, 06:24 PM
MissFrizzle MissFrizzle is offline
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 4,651
For me, I want to be a teacher because elementary school was such a positive experience for me; I want to make my students have the same type of experiences. Not such a hot answer, but the truth.
Old 06-14-2006, 07:46 PM
Rosieo's Avatar
Rosieo Rosieo is offline
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 771
Right about now I would WANT to say I want to be a teacher because I have summers off!!!! However I know that is the wrong answer. The advice with the above posters does sound really good.
Old 06-15-2006, 12:13 PM
DisneyDreams's Avatar
DisneyDreams DisneyDreams is offline
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 14
I said I wanted to be an elementary teacher because the classroom is such a huge part of kids lives. It's where they make new friends, learn things about themselves, etc. I didn't know then, but my experiences in elementary school have played a huge part in who I am today. To have nine months to have such control over some kids lives is an honor that I want to try my best to make positive.

And that's how I honestly feel.
Old 06-15-2006, 02:19 PM
teacherfan's Avatar
teacherfan teacherfan is offline
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 572
2nd Grade Teacher
I agree with one the above posters, its hard to put into words and sort of rationalize why one wants to be a teacher. I mean if I really want to help kids why not be a doctor, social worker, child pyschologist? Why teach? I feel like I should have an original answer besides I like and want to help kids. Maybe I just like the control
Old 06-15-2006, 02:47 PM
MissFrizzle MissFrizzle is offline
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 4,651
I think it all stems back to our own experiences. For me, Kindergarten, especially was almost magical.... I loved the housekeeping area, all the hands on stuff... yes, I was a girly girl I would love to just recreate that. Besides, it's a home away from home. I can positively influence a child for a few hours a day. I'd say that's worth it.
Old 06-15-2006, 05:55 PM
hernandoreading's Avatar
hernandoreading hernandoreading is offline
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 402
Former Middle School GATE Teacher
My first answer is that i love reading and love to help kids love it, too.


Thread Tools

Forum Jump

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off