Teaching has been one of the most important factors in my personal development over the past four years. Aside from the fact that I have had the opportunity to teach at a university where the emphasis is placed on the student’s learning, the caliber of the questions that students ask will challenge a teacher to be more.
Teaching has helped me realize that all of my previous experiences, even the ones that appeared pointless and unimportant, are actually treasure troves of information and direction for the students I teach. In my classes, I found myself analyzing and making connections between the things I had experienced and the topics and ideas that were being discussed. I saw myself settling in for long periods of time in order to investigate, read, and make sense of various bits of data and information in order to maintain my status as an excellent source of information for my students.
The wonderful thing about the journey is that all of the new information that I took in to become a better educator has become mine; many of them have become knowledge, and a few of them have become wisdom. This is the beauty of the journey. When people ask me how I become knowledgeable in a variety of fields, I often find myself responding that “teaching” is the most important aspect in my growth.
Teaching has become much more than just sitting in a classroom for me. It has turned into a way of life for since I am now able to draw information from any circumstance, simplify complex data into insights that individuals can comprehend, and discover wisdom in things that at first glance appear to be without relevance.
Despite the fact that I have been out of the traditional classroom for a few months now, I still consider myself a teacher both in my heart and in my actions. The profession of teaching is more of a calling than a simple choice of a career path. A teacher is always a teacher, regardless of whether they are in the classroom or out on the street.
Oluwaseun David ADEPOJU
Indeed teaching is a calling and not a meal ticket.