By Teachers, For Teachers
There are many reasons to love being a teacher. Oftentimes it’s hard to remember when you are burned out, but it’s also easy to remind yourself of why you chose a teaching career.
Teaching is one of those professions that keeps you on your toes and keeps you young at heart. It allows you to use your brain and continue learning each day, sometimes through a variety of professional development methods. It’s a profession that allows you to be creative, and work with a variety of different people. Each school day brings with it a new beginning. Now, how many jobs can you say can do that?
So, if you find you find yourself going through a little teacher burnout, just read these reasons below to give yourself a little pick me up.
A teaching career is something that never ends. You continually learn and grow each day. You learn new strategies, ideas, and skills. You learn a lot about yourself, not only as a teacher but as a person. You learn how much or how little you can handle each day. You learn more about your craft and how to best communicate it with your students. You also learn from professional development, which is essential in every teacher’s career. Teaching is not only the students learning, but you as well.
Your work has a purpose. You get the opportunity to touch the lives of your students and contribute to making their future one that is bright and productive. Many obstacles reside in our fast-paced world: New technology that must be learned, the Common Core State Standards, and trying to stay afloat academically with other industrialized economies. Teachers are in the business of molding our youth into the citizens that will eventually run this country. That in itself tells you how important your job is.
As a teacher, every day is a new day, you never get bored. When you enter your classroom you have no idea what is going to happen. One minute you can have a parent yelling at you, and the next you can find out that your whole class passed their exam with flying colors. There is always something going on, from lesson plans to field trips, to planning holiday parties and holding teacher conferences.
Teaching allows you to express yourself. You can be silly and do things that you would never do in front of other adults. Your classroom is your domain, a place where you are free to show off your personality and craft and create anything that you wish. Now how many jobs allow you to do that?
A lot of graduate students like the idea of a teaching profession because most of the time teachers only work about 180 school days a year (notice I said “school days” because we all know we work a lot more than that). Teaching is a very stressful and demanding job, but it also allows for time off over the holidays. This “time” gives you a great opportunity to travel, have fun with friends, and spend time with your family. One of the best reasons to love your job is that it gives you the time off that you deserve.
Unlike most careers, a teaching career has the opportunity to inspire students, not only academically but personally as well. If you think back to when you were a child, I’m sure you can recall at least one teacher that really stood out and made a difference in your life. Teaching is touching the lives of your students, making connections that will last a lifetime, and providing them with inspiration that will take them places in their lives.
When you are passionate and compassionate for something that you love, it will shine through. When you love what you do, not only will you make a difference in your students’ lives, but you will make a difference in your own as well.
What are your top reasons for loving teaching? Is there anything we should add to the list? Share with us in the comment section below, we would love to hear your thoughts.
Janelle Cox is an education writer who uses her experience and knowledge to provide creative and original writing in the field of education. Janelle holds a Master's of Science in Education from the State University of New York College at Buffalo. She is also the Elementary Education Expert for About.com, as well as a contributing writer to TeachHUB.com and TeachHUB Magazine. You can follow her at Twitter @Empoweringk6ed, or on Facebook at Empowering K6 Educators.