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A good teacher is like a candleit consumes itself to light the way for others My grandmother was a teacher and I remember hearing her repeat this quote to me over and over again The word consume as used in the preceding quotation is not used in a negative sense In my case to consume myself in my work as a teacher does not mean working myself to the point of destruction It instead means to work indefatigably to develop myself and my craft To become a licensed teacher will set me free to live a life of purpose and meaning I have such a strong desire to learn about new and emerging education theories I often consider how I would implement them in my own classroom to allow all my students to learn to the best of their abilities Throughout college I worked as an assistant preschool teacher and I am currently the lead teacher in a Montessori preschool classroom I have never felt so accomplished so proud It is here I realized what joy it brings me to plan and implement a lesson It is here I realized how remarkable it is to see a child learn something new every day It is also here I realized teaching is my dream I was diagnosed with a severe learning disorder in my junior year of college This was such a relief because I was able to understand why school had been so difficult for me Though I loved learning I frequently found myself becoming frustrated with my performance in school Although my diagnosis did not come until college my learning disability is something that affected my entire school career I had a wonderful third grade teacher named Mrs Cassettes She saw that I was struggling Reflecting on that part of my life I now can see that instead of trying to change my learning style she sought
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