My first response to this question had to do with the multiple ways I could read this seemingly simply "What are you here for?" I could read it directly, e.g. "Why are your visiting us today?" Or, I could read it as a little more pointed: : "What the hell are you here for?" I also could read it philosophically: "Why are you here on this planet?" or I could have read it ironically: "Yeah--why are you here?" I believe that part of the reason of my "being here" is answered with this brief reflection on ways to read the question: I love language and the potential nuances language carries. So this first reflection is part of my answer.
I have to concede that another reason "I am here" was to do with my parents. My dad was a veteran of WW II
|Arnold Lester Branson circa 1941|
Another aspect of this question--certainly appertaining to my visit to Davie--is what I wanted to accomplish with the students that day. I listed three things on my Prezi that were my goals for that class time:
- You may choose to read more
- You can demonstrate that you better understand the reasons for reading
- You may be able to demonstrate some fundamental critical thinking skills
Since I do have my PhD, I also have to reflect a bit on the "deep" reading of the question: "Why am I here?" I believe I am a teacher because I simply have the genes. Where they came from, I do not a clue. But I do recall helping my neighbor with US history--the neighbor was in high school and I was in junior high. I was able to guide his thinking way back in the mid-1960s and I vividly recall his mother commenting on how I was going to be a teacher.
I believe I am at a community college because of my passion for teaching, my commitment to students, and my general optimism about the future. Our young people are our future. And I compelled to have a hand in that future thru guiding students today.
I need to take a break now and get back to the wiki--but this piece is my first run at the question: "Why am I here."