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Excerpt: "Most teachers enter the profession for noble reasons. We may word it in various ways but our answers to the “Why teach?” question usually run along the lines of “making the world a better place,” “helping children,” or “wanting to see my students’ eyes shine.” Those of us who worked on this book share these reasons for entering the profession. We expect that one or more of the three phrases above may resonate with you. In short, most teachers ultimately teach for humanistic reasons; we want to do some good. However, once in their school placements, many pre-service teachers get distracted and end up giving their energy to changing the classroom ethos or the school culture, both of which have likely already been long established and are quite resistant to change."


Originally published as chapter 10 of So You Have a Teaching Practicum?: A Preservice Guide from Those Who Survived.

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