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Why Did You Become a Teacher?

Ask educators why they went into teaching, and the majority will respond that they wanted to make a difference in the lives of young people. In this video, ASCD authors and leaders Robyn Jackson, Baruti Kafele, Doug Fisher, Jeffrey Benson, Michael Ford, Myron Dueck, and Eric Sheninger explain why they became educators.

Hear how ASCD authors Mark Barnes and Joan Young and ASCD Emerging Leaders Kevin Parr and Allison Rodman started their journeys to becoming educators in the summer 2014 episode of the Whole Child Podcast, "Believing in Students So They Believe in Themselves." And learn how other educators make a difference in students' lives and learning with the summer 2014 all-digital issue of ASCD's Educational Leadership magazine, available now.


Why did you become a teacher?

Comments (4)

Tracy Kaufmann

June 24, 2014

I am sorry but I stopped watching this Youtube post after 2 minutes after hearing the word “sexy” more than 3 times…and the comment about “feeling sorry for people in other professions”…and the comment about what was and was not ‘worthy’ in terms of a profession for the speaker. I am a Masters student studying education and curriculum design, and just chanced upon and decided to investigate your website, so I could better understand why certain people feel compelled to teach…I really don’t think the candidate you chose here on your Youtube was inspiring or helpful…just my opinion…too bad it put me off from watching the balance of the video. Just wanted you to know what my impression was. Regards, Tracy.


June 26, 2014

I completely agree with you Tracy


June 26, 2014

Describing the profession of teaching with the word “sexy” is just a turn off !! And feeling sorry for the ‘other’ professions…thats just mean.

Shawn Stone

July 4, 2014

As a calling, my mother was the oldest of 14 and my sister and I were the oldest. We always looked after our cousins. When I grew up I would be the one helping my fellow students out in school…this passion grew into teaching.

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