By Teachers, For Teachers
The teaching profession has many rewarding benefits. You ultimately have the job of changing someone’s life, and giving your students the opportunity to be productive citizens of the world. In the teaching profession, you play a key role in instilling good values, developing basic lifelong skills, and cultivating young minds. While you get the added benefit of winter and spring breaks, as well as the summers off, you also get to be surrounded by young, curious minds and learn from them. Being in the teaching profession takes a lot of heart, and while you may be passionate about what you are teaching, you will learn along the way that there are some unexpected benefits of your job as well. Here are a few of them.
Teachers are lifelong learners and you probably intend on keeping the learning going as far as knowledge of your craft. But one unexpected benefit of teaching is that you will learn something new every single day. If it isn’t something from your students or your colleagues, then it’s something that you learn about yourself. Consider each day a new day to learn something different.
As a teacher, you have the ability to create a classroom where your students are living in your kingdom, and you are the queen (or king). You, and you alone, will get to choose how you will run your classroom. You can make it as chaotic or quaint as you like. If you want a peaceful classroom where you are shut out from the rest of the school, all you have to do is shut your door. You have the ability, as well as the authority to experiment your lessons on a room full of children, the way that you want to. As long as you follow the curriculum, your classroom is your kingdom to rule.
No one probably told you how much food you would be able to consume when you go into the faculty lounge. Every single day it will seem like there is a new reason to celebrate in school, if it isn’t someone’s birthday or a holiday, then someone is retiring or having a baby. The constant flow of salty and sugary treats will have you running to gym.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a celebrity, with everyone constantly doting over you? Well if you are a kindergarten or 1st grade teacher, you will find out. Your young students will shower you with loving cards of appreciation, constantly draw pictures of how much they love you, and create wonderful imaginative gifts to give you. You will be constantly surrounded by a sea of little children who love and adore your every waking move. Who wouldn’t love that?
You probably never imaged how many hours your legs and feet were actually able to actually keep you standing in just one day. Teachers spend the majority of their day on their feet, which means that the sedentary, unhealthy American lifestyle that most of your friends are living will not affect you. Being on your feet means you are literally burning major calories by the minute. Who would have thought that being a teacher could have so many health benefits?
Being a teacher means that you will spend the entire day at school. And when you are at school for the day, the people that you talk to, and spend the most time with, are your colleagues. These teachers will be the people that are most near and dear to your heart. This unexpected benefit of a lifelong friendship with your colleagues, is just another added bonus of being a teacher.
You may not realize it, but another wonderful unexpected benefit of being a teacher is the flexible job schedule that you have. While you will most likely take some of your work home with you (grading papers, searching for lesson plans, etc.), an average teacher’s day ends around 3 p.m. This leaves a lot of time to spend with your family, run errands, or even further your education.
These are just a few of the unexpected benefits that you will notice when you become a teacher. Above all, the most important benefit of becoming a teacher is the young minds that you will nurture, and lives that you shape.
What unexpected benefits did you notice within the teaching profession? Feel free to leave your stories in the comment section below, we would love to hear what you have learned while being a teacher.
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.