When I grow up, I want to help students grow up. I plan to teach English to middle school or high school students after I graduate from college. English literature and composition classes prepare students to be lifelong readers, critical thinkers, and communicators, and these qualities follow them into any career they may choose. I want to be a part of shaping the next generation to be successful and creative for their entire lives.
I want to be a teacher who genuinely cares about her students and keeps them interested and inspired in a subject that is either loved or hated by most students. I want to create an environment where every student can learn and grow.
Many other educators around the globe have these same desires for their own students, and they have thought of brilliant ideas for success in their fields. It seems like some teachers can write creative lesson plans in their sleep, and every bulletin board or classroom reading corner that they touch is a color-coordinated masterpiece.
The internet offers educators with a channel to tap into these resources created by other teachers, as well as to share ideas and advice. Websites, blogs, and social media sites offer teachers incredible venues of inspiration and creativity. When I am a teacher, I will not have to grieve that I cannot come up with a perfect activity or project for each day’s lesson plan. I can sift through the ideas that are readily and freely available on the Internet and adapt them to my own classroom and students.
With the relatively new ability to share ideas with someone on another continent in a matter of seconds, we as teachers can collectively improve education by sharing lessons learned from experience, creative projects, and new technology or resources.
Not only can the internet connect teachers to fellow teachers, but it can also connect teachers to their students. The most obvious example is the recent influx of online education. This venue of education allows teachers to educate students entirely online — a feat that previous generations never could have imagined. Someday, I may become a teacher who teaches via video or online assignments, and I hope that I can be successful and helpful in an accessible way to many kinds of students.
In addition, many classroom teachers have created avenues of communicating with their students in the next generation’s most readily used and accessible format through a classroom website, email list, blog, or even a Facebook page. As a teacher, I could use the internet to not only post grades, but to remind students of homework, receive assignments, share interesting additional information, and answer questions. One teacher at my former high school created a Facebook page for her classes, which her students could “like” to see posts about homework or ask the teacher their questions. When I become a teacher, I can explore the plethora of online options to connect with my students inside and outside the classroom.
The internet is a place where ideas can be shared and people can be connected. When used professionally and creatively, it can yield unlimited options for success in the world of education. When I become a middle school or high school English teacher, I hope that I use the internet to its fullest capacity to be an educator who inspires and teaches students in a way that helps them to be successful for the rest of their lives.