Getting back to me wanting to be a teacher, I want to become a teacher because I want to get students to like math more. I want to help kids improve their mathematic skills so they can feel more confident in their abilities to be a successful mathematician. Rather than be intimidated by math, I want kids to look at a math problem knowing they have what it takes to conquer it. Unlike most people, I discovered what I wanted to be early on in life, specifically fourth grade. In the fourth grade I noticed that I was a pretty gifted student. All the subjects I was learning came naturally to me and I excelled through my academics. This helped develop my love for school. While most of my peers growing up HATED going to school, I actually didn't mind it. School was where I felt confident and comfortable. Some kids find their talents through extracurricular activities such as sports or theatre productions, but I discovered what I was good at in the classroom. This is why I want to teach, I want kids to enjoy school as much as I did. I discovered I want to be a middle school math teacher in the transition from middle school to high school. In middle school I had this horrible math teacher who made everything more complicated than it needed to be. This caused most kids to fall behind and struggle with math, but I was one of the lucky ones who, after hours of re-learning the material myself, was able to catch on. As I went on to high school I realized that I was just building on the basics I learned in middle school, which opened my eyes to how critical being able to understand the math skills learned in middle school was. I discovered that the reason some of my classmates struggled in math was because they never fully understood the math concepts taught in middle school. That's when I decided I wanted to be a middle school math teacher, so I could help my students understand and master the skills needed at the lower level in order to succeed in the future.
Through this blog, I am hoping to explain my journey of reaching my goals of becoming a teacher. Explaining the different life lessons I learn along the way, and the ups and downs I experience on the way there. To quote a Miley Cyrus song it "ain't about how fast I get there, ain't about what's waitin' on the other side, it's the climb."