Last week was Teacher Appreciation Week. I think that being a teacher is one of the most unappreciated and underpaid careers in the United States. Teachers have such a hard job these days. They have to deal with a lot of discipline issues and other things that parents should be responsible for. Also, there is a lot of pressure now to teach to tests instead of actually teaching children how to learn. I have the upmost respect for them.
I owe my choice of career to a teacher I had at Bowie State University. I went to a science and technology school so I took a ton of science and math. I think I was a little burned out so I had decided that I wanted to be a lawyer. I chose Political Science as my major. Dr. Johnny Ponds was my math teacher my first semester. He figured out very quickly that I was in the wrong math class. He moved me to another class but it was still too easy. He then proceeded to give me my own work. So I would sit in the classroom and do work completely different from everyone else. He then talked to me about considering a Dual Degree Engineering program. The way it worked was that I would go to Bowie State for 3 years and then go to another school that offered Engineering for 2 years. In 5 years, I would graduate with 2 degrees. I was really bored with Political Science so this was very exciting to me. I attended Bowie State for 3 years and got a Mathematics degree and attended George Washington University and received an Electrical Engineering Degree. I owe a lot of gratitude to Dr. Johnny Ponds, a teacher.
When I was in college, I was a Math tutor. I have also tutored friends and family in Math and Science. I still tutor my nieces and nephews on occasions. I really enjoy teaching people and it gives me great joy when they are able to understand what I am teaching them.
As an online marketer, I also teach people. Many of the information products that I have produced teach people how to do something. For example, How To Create An Amazon Store teaches you how to create an Amazon store on your website that looks like you are right on Amazon. How To Create A Sidebar Widget teaches you how to create ads for affiliate products or your own information products in your WordPress sidebar. 12 Days of Online Marketing is a compilation of 12 teleseminars where I taught about various online marketing topics.
As you can see, I am still in the mode of teaching. I believe that teaching is something that is in my DNA even though I did not become a traditional teacher. Every online marketer can be a teacher. Even if you believe that you don’t know a lot, more than likely, you know more than at least one person. I believe that sharing your knowledge with others is a way to improve our world. It is everyone’s responsibility to reinvigorate the excitement of learning in the children of today. What are you doing to teach someone today?