If you think that teachers are born and not made, you have never walked along the path that takes a person into the teaching world. Some say, ‘for those that cannot do, they teach’. However, we teach because we want to share our knowledge. We teach because we know how to do something and we want to allow other the opportunity to do it for themselves. What about you? Would you like to become a teacher?
Becoming a teacher begins with a single thought, that little by little grows into an idea and later into action. Soon you start reading, attending webinars, talking to people that are already teaching and asking your friends. Sometimes along the line, doubts start to bubble up. But at that point, it is too important for you, something that you are not ready to give up.
Teaching is not just a job. Teaching is a passion, something that drives you to share the knowledge you gathered with those who want to expand their knowledge. Many studies claim that becoming a teacher is a challenge that requires years of studies and a lot of work. I think that teaching resembles a journey and as for every journey, it can be challenging. But do not let that put you off. Nothing in life is easy. You need the right tools, so not to lose yourself along the way: dedication, knowledge, empathy, and above all patience. In order to be a good teacher, you also need to remember that everyone teaches in a different way. Read, study, think, exchange opinions but be yourself, allow yourself to remain a person.
However, I am not just a teacher, but also a female teacher and as all women know this can also be challenging at times. One of the challenges we face everyday is classroom management. Even though women make up the majority of teaching roles, many of the challenges we face are to do with communication, power and unresolved biases. Teaching in an international environment can prove difficult for female teachers as they are faced with a mixture of cultures and principles. At certain times we have to reassert our authority in the classroom. One of ways I deal with this is by communicating with students and building healthy relationships with them, so that it builds mutual respect and understanding.
Would you like to become a teacher then? if this is what you want, do not get overwhelmed by the challenges the future holds. Challenges are a part of life and it can be the beginning of something wonderful. Just ensure your students remember you are a person and not just a teacher.