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WCE Students Answer the Question, “What’s Your Call to Teach?”

Thursday, September 01, 2016

WCE associate professor Candace Thompson is passionate about teaching. “Teaching is a revolutionary act of love, a commitment to engaging in a relationship that changes lives and grows beautiful minds – our students and our own,” she said.

As the fall semester got underway, Thompson asked students in her EDN-200 course to contemplate their personal call to teach and share the answers with others. Handwritten responses from 25 students were displayed in the atrium of the Education Building in September.

“Declaring one’s commitment and aspirational hopes publicly is a powerful act that asks us to be accountable for what we believe about teaching and learning and who we want to be as teachers-leaders,” Thompson said.

Under a heading titled, “What’s Your Call to Teach?” Thompson wrote, “These responses represent the early steps in a hopeful journey to teach with a commitment to service and justice, and a love for learning that lasts a lifetime. What’s Calling You?”

Many answers centered on a desire to make a difference in the lives of children and follow in the footsteps of teachers who have inspired and encouraged them. Students said they chose teaching “to ignite the fire for learning,” “for the pure joy it brings” and because “teaching is believing in the future.”

EDN-200, titled “Teacher School and Society” is an introductory course that acquaints prospective teachers with the diverse roles of teachers and the sociopolitical contexts of schools. It focuses on the teacher as decision-maker; social, cultural, historical and philosophical foundations of education; governmental and organizational aspects of schools; and current and future trends in American education.

Student responses to the question “What’s Your Call to Teach?” included:

“Why teach? To inspire student to see their potential and achieve beyond it. To be a supporter of every student and help them find that ah-ha moment.”

“To teach the future innovators of tomorrow and to open up students’ linguistic world view as a language instructor.”

“I teach for the pure JOY it brings. It truly warms the heart!”

“My reason for teaching is to make a difference in my students lives. To also pass on knowledge that will help them in and outside of school.”

“Why teach? To create an environment where students of all abilities can be themselves and cherish each other and the world around them. I want my students to have the ability to find the beauty in everything.”

“I understand I may not be able to change the world. However, I hold on to the hope that I may be able to make a difference in a child’s world.”

“Why teach? I teach to hopefully be an inspiration and to make a difference in the lives of others! I teach to give our young males hope in society and to be the positive influence that they may need!”

“I want to teach to make a difference. I want to teach to change the education system.”

“I want to teach to help children grow, I want to help them build character, gain knowledge and change their lives!”

“I want the little people to know that their crazy ideas are marvelous and that their lives are so important for building our future.”

“To teach is to be a leader, yet a friend, giving students a guide to expand upon what they are to what more they can be.”

“I want to be a teacher because I want to show my students how valuable and precious they are! My purpose is for them to learn more about the world and more about themselves!”

“Why teach? Education is the basis of everything. I want to teach to help others learn, but also learn more about myself.”

“I believe that teaching is believing in the future. I want to help mold the future and play a part in creating a better world.”