Teaching Rationale (Not Rational)

11 Feb 2010 | from

Just as the title suggests, I had to write this to prospective schools for student teaching. I left out any Overman stuff, but figured it'd be cool to post here anyway. Enjoy!

To whom it may concern (interested school personnel),

Thank you for expressing interest in my rationale for becoming a professional educator. I appreciate your concern and thoroughness, but I also appreciate this opportunity to share my thoughts on the matter. I have chosen the career path to be a teacher for two main and distinct, yet related, reasons. One reason is altruistic, and one very selfish reason.

The selfish reason is to find happiness. After receiving my first degree in Computer Science from Illinois State University in 2003 I found myself utterly unable to find an appropriate position due the then recent collapse of the Telecommunications Industry. Like many college grads at that time I turned to my field before I had left for school, in my case this was a low-voltage electrician.

A good move as it turned out, business was booming. Surround sound, Home Theater, Plasma TVs, full house audio, security, and in home networking were becoming further from options and more towards standards in the booming housing industry of Illinois. I was able to apply some of my knowledge learned in college, but for the most part I was letting my degree rot. Nonetheless I quickly proved myself at my newfound career and received several promotions to become a foreman of a crew.

I was happy to be making good money, working with friends, and getting exercise through my work, however something about not using the degree, which I had so highly paid for in time and investment, continued to haunt me. So when I received an opportunity to use my college degree for a white-collar decision, I took it.

This next step was into the intermodal industry, controlling data for a major corporation concerning the transfer of goods throughout North America. This new job posed new opportunities and challenges, and I excelled for a time. After receiving two promotions I was getting paid very well, and even had several people who had to call me ‘boss’.
However I continued to feel that something was just not quite right with my situation, and I was slowly surely becoming a darker, despondent individual. After much soul searching I came to realize that I am the type of person who needs daily fulfillment in their job. I need to feel like I am making a difference in the world, and for the better. I could care less about how much I make or what type of thing I own, I need to feel that what I am doing Matters. This is the only way I would be able to find happiness, and thus why I joined teaching.

I cannot imagine a more fulfilling job than teaching, getting do improve the world by working with humanity’s most important resource, our children, every day. The selfish reason why I want to become a teacher is to find personal happiness.
The other, much more important reason is to instill and inspire a younger generation to find logic, reason, and scientific method. I myself did was never taught these principals within school, and many times not even in college. The many paths I have taken to find and be trained sufficiently in these arts many will never trod. I feel that logic and reason and imperative to instill in youth.

I recall learning many various facts and realities in my science classes. I was taught to classify species, diagram the inside of a cell, predict the velocity of a falling object, and the chemical composition of various substances. I think it is a much easier path to present wisdom distilled from centuries of patient observation of nature than to teach the very messy and often complicated observation process, but I believe teaching the methods of science is far more important than teaching the findings of science. I have found wonder, amazement, and fulfillment in science and I hope to present and inspire this into a new generation.

I will dedicate myself to performing whatever task may be expected of me at levels exceeding expectation. I would be honored to student teach at your school.


Matthew Edward Radowski

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