How do you change the world? It’s a question that I’ve wrestled with for most of my life. I’ve studied the great world changers such as Martin Luther King jr., Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teresa, and Jesus Christ. What I’ve learned is that all these esteemed world-changers shared a great commonality: they were all teachers. The late Nelson Mandela describes it best, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” If I was able to do one thing that I truly love and that would have the biggest impact on the world; it would be teaching.
Changing the world one student at a time may seem cliché and ambitious but I have specific goals to achieve my dream. As a professional educator I plan on changing the world through a 3-step process:
1. Teaching the syllabus and beyond
2. Being personal yet professional
3. Opening a forum for students to share their successes
My first step is to teach pass the syllabus which means that as an educator I would go beyond just basic arithmetic or reading and engage the students in questions about the importance of how what their learning that day relates to the future. The second step of being personal yet professional means that I want my students to know my life-story which leaves a lasting impression and gives them life lessons. Lastly, I would build an online forum for students to post future successes to inspire the students of tomorrow.