The best thing about being a teacher is that it matters. The hardest thing about being a teacher is that it matters every day. Jodd Whitaker
What do you think is the best thing about being a teacher? Did you just say “Summer holidays”? Ya well, that’s a great perk of being a teacher for sure. But that can’t be the driving force behind why some of the brightest minds choose to become a teacher, right?
To honor our teachers this World Teachers’ Day (October 5) and to understand what keeps the teachers going, we asked educators, who are also authorSTREAM power users, what they like the most about being a teacher. Not surprisingly, all absolutely loved their jobs. Even though we all have to admit a teacher’s job is one of the hardest jobs in the world. Amongst all the responses we got, we discovered 3 excellent reasons of being a teacher. Here they are:
1. A Sense of Purpose
Did you know only 13% of employees worldwide are engaged at work (Gallup report, 2013)? Even when their jobs pay them well. Here’s one major reason: They lack meaning and a sense of purpose. A 2013 survey of 12,115 workers worldwide by Energy Project, a firm that works with organizations and their leaders to improve employee engagement, found that 50% lack a level of meaning and significance at work.
So, now you know why teachers are so passionate about their profession even when the crazy kids are driving them super crazy. The best thing about being a teacher is that you know You Matter. You change lives, you shape future. Here are authorSTREAM teachers who share this wonderful feeling with us:
The best thing about teaching is watching the excitement of kids discovering something new each day.
(Blake Siskavich is a Kindergarten Teacher at Lincoln Public Schools, United States.)
I have the best job in the world as a professor working with initial and advanced teacher education program candidates. The eagerness and enthusiasm of my students is highly contagious and I hope to always be “infected” by their excitement. As a 25 year veteran classroom teacher I made a difference each year to the lives of my 30 students. As a college professor, I quickly realized that in training 30 teachers, I can make a difference to thousands of students.
(Dr. Teresa J. Gardner is an Associate Professor at Jacksonville State University.)
Teaching, as a profession, may not be amongst the most rewarding jobs financially but definitely the most rewarding emotionally. As Robert John Meehan said, “We didn’t go into teaching to get rich, but to enrich others.” That’s exactly what authorSTREAM teachers have to say:
What I love most about teaching is the one-on-one relationship that I try to develop with each of my students. That can be difficult, considering I teach nearly 100 students at a time and some of them are in my online classes. But it’s always worthwhile when I make the effort to get to know a student’s interests, passions, problems, successes, and struggles. Doing so makes the student ‘real’ to me and me ‘real’ to the student.
(Lisa Beckelhimer is an Associate Professor of English Composition at University of Cincinnati, USA)
What I love best about being a Teacher is having former students, years later, tell me specific things they remember learning from me that helped them in school or in life. I love having many of my former 4th and 5th grade students now as adult Facebook friends and seeing them in college, jobs, and with families of their own. It means a lot to me that they even want their former elementary school teacher as a Facebook friend!
(Lisa Rodriguez teaches at Azusa Pacific University, United States)
3. Grow In Your Profession
Teaching is lifelong learning. You continue to discover new things and grow in your field till your last breath. There’s never a “Burn-out phase” that people in other professions reach so quickly. That is why, teachers never become old.
I love being an instructor for the simple reason that it provides me the opportunity to share the profession of occupational therapy with individuals who are currently pursuing a degree in this area. I am passionate about the profession and want to continuously share this love for occupational therapy with the upcoming professionals. Teaching gives me the opportunity to share this passion, love, and the many positive and negative opportunities with future practitioners, leaders, and educators.
(Sheri Montgomery works at University of St. Augustine)
If you are a teacher, you would complete agree with those words. And if you are not, you would be all the more feeling proud of your teachers. Are we right?
Share with us your wonderful memories as a teacher or a student in the comments below. We would love to hear about it.