A teachers identity is one of the most important aspects of the first portion of any teaching career. But whilst trying to find their specific identity, also trying to retain the identity that they have been acquiring throughout their life. But with that in mind, how can we ensure that as teachers we allow the correct amount of ourselves into our teaching profession?
Reading the article written by Kristen Yerkes Exploring Teacher Identity: A Yearlong Recount of Growing from Student to Teacher it really speaks to what I am anticipating my internship experiences will turn out to be. But one of the big things she spoke about was the struggle of going from the role of student to the new role of teacher. I have a feeling that most Education students have this worry. We go from many years sitting in classrooms being a student to becoming a teacher just briefly after. The transition in mindset is one that is hard to conceptualize. But what Yerkes speaks about is how having the feeling of being a student and continuously learning is a great skill to have, and being a teacher and distributing knowledge is another great thing to be able to do, but the main focus is on how to bring the two parts of your identity into one to create your teacher identity.
Yerkes spoke about how identity “is always changing depending on the environment they are in” (Yerkes 9) and that is very relevant to any person in any type of situation. Depending on where I am, and especially who is around me is a deciding factor on how I will act in the given situation. As an example, I act a certain way when I am hanging out with my friends, but I wouldn’t act the exact same way as if I was with my parents/family. Even though I am being myself in both situations, my identity alters with each type of environment.
Keeping a main focus on how we both carry ourselves and how we identify ourselves at teachers is very important but it will change depending on many deciding factors and events throughout our careers.