Why do I want to teach?
I wish to introduce students to Social studies as a means to acquire a better understanding of the world and to earn a rightful place in it. Career, travel and life experience have impressed upon me the nature of our global interconnectedness and the ways in which the various disciplines within the Social studies are central to understanding a changing world. I will take a share of responsibility for developing in students the tools to think critically and act decisively while navigating the ethical and moral challenges concomitant with society's astounding technological development.
As a teacher, I will work to successfully unite teaching and learning through creativity, leadership and enthusiasm for the subject matter. Emulating the best teachers I have had and putting into practice what I have learned, I will set high expectations for all students and not give up on underachievers. I will use formative assessments to create lesson plans that give students a clear idea of what they will be learning. Understanding that diverse learners require differentiated instruction, I will choose instructional strategies most likely to improve student achievement.
I am compelled to teach because I know that I can make a positive difference in the lives of students as learners, as maturing adolescents and as engaged citizens.