By Teachers, For Teachers
Have you often wondered what it would be like if you were to quit your job and join the teaching profession? The teaching profession is one of those careers that contribute to making a difference in a child’s life. It’s a rewarding position that can be quite fulfilling. If inspiring young minds and contributing to the betterment of our youth sounds intriguing to you, then maybe you should consider leaving your job to become a teacher. Here are a few more excellent reasons why you should join the teaching profession.
Teachers are known to change lives and be an inspiration to their students: Encouraging and motivating them to reach for the stars, and being that “Go-to” teacher that is always willing to lend a hand or a helpful ear. There’s no denying that teachers can make a difference. As much as a teacher can be an inspiration to their students, their students can also be an inspiration to them. When you see a student who’s worked hard but struggled finally ace their test, you will be inspired. And when you see a child help out the underdog in class, that will inspire you too. Being an inspiration is just one of the many perks of being a teacher.
One of the best things about being a teacher is the personal growth you encounter. When it comes to teaching, there is a lot of self-reflection, and you will really begin to learn more about yourself than ever before. The one thing that you’ll learn when working with children is that they don’t hold back. The students may find things about you that you may have never even realized before. You will also learn when self-reflecting more about the things you like and dislike, as well as the way you teach. The more you learn about yourself, the more you’ll grow as a person. Teaching reflects you, and you will find that it’s actually a good thing.
It feels really good when you can pay it forward. When you’re a teacher, you get that opportunity by educating the youth. You can give back to your students what your teachers gave to you. This can mean something different to everyone. For me, I had a teacher that made a huge impact on my life, so much so that it made me want to become a teacher myself just so I could return the favor to someone else. For some other people, giving back may just mean helping children learn, which can be a wonderful feeling in itself. Whatever the reason may be, becoming a teacher means that you have the unique opportunity to give back to others.
When you are a teacher, you can make a difference in a child’s life. This can come in a variety of different forms. Teachers play many roles when they’re in the classroom, and one of those roles can be that of a surrogate parent, or a “Third parent.” This semi-parent role that many teachers tend to take on can mean that you make a difference in a child’s life by just being a constant presence in their life. This can happen a lot when a child lacks a solid family foundation. Another role you may play is counselor. You can make a difference just by listening and being there for a student. A teacher’s role is multifaceted, and while you may wear many different hats, you will also know that you’re making an impact on a child’s life that can last forever.
One of the most valuable things about being a teacher is that you have a sense of purpose. Many people struggle to find their sense of purpose in life. But when you’re a teacher, there’s no need to struggle to find or gain a sense of purpose because you’ll already have one. A teacher’s purpose is to educate, and impart knowledge and wisdom to our youth. Plus, research has shown that teachers with a greater sense of purpose are healthier and better able to manage stress. So, not only will you have a sense of purpose, but you’ll be healthier too!
Are you partially great at math, or do you have a love of literature? Becoming a teacher means that you get the chance to share what you know and love with others. It allows you to explore your creative side and help students find their own love of learning. If you really love to look up the stars and know all about the planets, then maybe you should consider sharing that knowledge with others and become a teacher.
Most educators have a deep sense of fulfillment and gratitude for their job. They make a lasting impact on children’s lives and inspire their students to dream big. If this sounds like something that you may be interested in, then you should definitely become a teacher.
What do you think it takes to become a teacher? Do you think that you have what it takes to join the teaching profession? Please share your thoughts on this topic in the comment section below, we’d love to hear from you.
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 Masters of Science in Education from the State University of New York College at Buffalo. She is a contributing writer to TeachHUB.com, TeachHUB Magazine, and Hey Teach. She was also the Elementary Education Expert for About.com for five years. You can follow her on Twitter @empoweringed, on Facebook at Empowering K12 Educators, or contact her at Janellecox78@yahoo.com.