Psych Essay

704 WordsJun 2, 20133 Pages
The identity that I am going to discuss is the role that I play as a teacher. Ever since I was a little girl, I had always dreamed of being a teacher. Everything I did circled around that dream. If you asked anyone that new me well during my younger years of life what I wanted to be when I was older, they would tell you a teacher. That was an identity I took on. Education.yahoo.com defines identity as the set of behavioral or personal characteristics by which an individual is recognizable as a member of a group. As I grew older and matured my desire to become a teacher never faltered. I took jobs that worked with children and began working at a private school after highschool as a substitute teacher. In my late 20’s I became a full time teacher at a local private school and took on that identity in its entirety. Martin and Nakayama (2013) states that identities are multiple; because we belong to various groups, we develop multiple identities that com into play at different times. My identity as a teacher was that and still is of someone who is cool and calm and lead by example. Those same traits have carried over in my role as a mom and wife. I encourage my children in the same manner that I do my students. I quickly learned that the identity of a student and that of a teacher are different yet similar in a way. Confusing right? For example, we both are held accountable for the material that is taught, but it is in two entirely different ways. As a teacher you do need to have relationships with your students, but it is detrimental to their success that you do not cross over into the “buddy” zone. They don’t need another “buddy” they need a mentor. This is a wonderful identity to have. The advantage of my teaching identity is that my students do very well academically. They have a high self esteem and a mutual respect for everyone

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