Why Consider Teaching? Hear From Teachers

Posted by Lorne Ranstrom on Jul 21, 2015 2:00:00 PM

To return to a theme of why should one consider teaching as a career, there are a number of amenities that the profession offers. In previous posts things like the opportunity to influence the lives of students in positive ways was offered. Additionally, another significant benefit of teaching is the opportunity to work with like-minded adults, all pursuing the same goals of connecting and working with students. The chance to have an impact in society also offers teachers meaningful work. 

A second means of acquiring information about the teaching profession is to view movies that depict teachers and their work. Two excellent movies I would recommend are The Front of The Class and McFarland U.S.A. Both provide stories of teachers who significantly impacted the lives of the children with whom they worked. Obviously movies are made to entertain. However, both of the suggested movies provide true stories of actual teachers who made a difference in the lives of the students with whom they have worked. 

Rachel-DSC_0706A third avenue to use for thinking about entering the profession is to hear from teachers who actually work in classrooms with students. These kinds of interactions provide someone thinking about teaching a first-hand account of what it is actually like to engage students in a classroom. The website Teach.org provides a number of videos of actual teachers and their reasons for entering the profession. The site is introduced with the words “Lead, Inspire, Innovate.” Each of these words foster a perspective that teachers bring to the classroom that informs their work and motivates them to engage in the work of teaching with students and colleagues. Take a few minutes and view the videos. You will come away with a new appreciation for people who have chosen a life of working with students. This could help you realize the challenge, opportunity and utter joy of working with students in a classroom, whether that is as a special education teacher, an elementary teacher, a middle school teacher or a high school teacher.


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Written by Lorne Ranstrom

Dr. Ranstrom has been teaching at ENC since 1991, and is currently serving as Chair of the Division of Teacher Education and the Director of Field Placements. Previous to teaching at the college level, Dr. Ranstrom was a 7th grade teacher for five years, and an Assistant Principal at both the high school and middle school levels, for four years cumulatively. Since 1998 he has been a member of The Certification Review Panel for the Massachusetts State Dept. of Education, and has been a member of a number of Massachusetts State Dept. of Ed. accreditation teams.

Topics: ENC Faculty, Education