Teaching Literacy

Scholarship Entrant: Tracy from Toledo, Ohio
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
Vote for Tracy: 52

What I love most is teaching children, which is why I chose Middle Childhood Education as my major. My big goal in becoming a teacher is to make sure that no child leaves my third or fourth grade classroom without the ability to read. I know people that have tried to struggle through high school while suffering with illiteracy and these people, for the most part, dropped out of school rather than being at the receiving end of jokes about their inability to read. Studies have shown that it is easier to learn to read at a younger age than it is to learn to read as an adult. One of my specific goals (once I start teaching) is that I intend to identify children with reading problems by having individualized interactions with the students to determine their abilities and not rely solely on standardized test scores as a basis of each students ability. By teaching a student to read I can open worlds to them they never would have otherwise experienced, whether it be opening their imaginations through fiction books or opening their eyes to the real world through a science or history book. While this goal might not change the whole world, it would change the world for the students who could not read by giving them the gift of literacy, allowing them the option of a higher education, and making them employable so that they have a bright future.

Vote for Tracy: 52

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