10 Reasons Why it is Still Great to be a Teacher
I hear people all the time, “I wouldn’t be a teacher today”. Most of the time the reasons are things like: the Common Core, standardized tests, biased teacher evaluations, lack of funding and the bureaucracy. The profession of teaching has been vilified to the point that even the idea (even though it isn’t really true) of summers off doesn’t hold the appeal it once did. There are even teachers that say if it weren’t the middle or end of their careers, they wouldn’t be teachers in today’s climate. Well, I am here to tell you that teaching is an amazing profession. As a matter of fact, I have 10 reasons why it is still great to be a teacher today!
10 REasons Why
1. Teaching is fun. Seriously, it is so much fun. Maybe I am a little nerdy, but I honestly love my subject matter. It is what I specifically studied in college and I get to share my passion everyday. I get to teach what I love. I spend all day surrounded by material that makes me happy and try to inspire others to appreciate it the way I do.
2. Kids are hysterical. I get to go to work every day and laugh, real honest laughter. When you interact with a hundred different students, someone is bound to do something hysterical. Whether it is tell a funny joke or fart at a totally inopportune time, not a day goes by that I don’t truly laugh. It always helps me to remember that it is great to be a teacher (and farting can be funny).
making a difference
3. There is nothing better than making a difference. There are scary things that go on in the world and the weight of it can steal your joy. But as teacher, you can hold your head up, knowing that you have done something to make the world a better place. You are actively making a difference.
you can do something good everyday
4. You can do something good everyday. Sitting in an office and interacting with a computer really limits the good you can do. But as a teacher, I can make someone’s day better everyday. Whether it is encouraging a student to find their own gifts or reminding a colleague of their importance, I can show kindness everyday.
5. You will always know what’s cool. What’s cool today may be a new app, phrase or YouTube channel, but as a teacher you are surrounded by what current. Students will keep you on your toes and on the cutting edge. Teachers know what is in and we always know when things are out. Being a teacher will keep you young.
6. Never stop learning. Whether it is a new technology or a teaching strategy, a teacher will never stop learning. We work in schools and our purpose (no matter what anyone says) is educating and inspiring children. When you are surrounded by learning, you will continue to learn.
7. There is always a new beginning. Every school year ends and a new one begins. But in all reality, if things didn’t work well in the classroom today, there is always tomorrow. Reteach, review and reflect. Teachers always have the chance to do it over.
8. No two days are the same. Some people live their lives doing the same thing over and over, every day is more of the same. However, when there are 30 different personalities interacting in the same room, the only thing you are guaranteed is that no two days will EVER be the same.
9. Teaching is bonding. Okay, so some days as a teacher are hard, really hard. But being a teacher awakens something in your soul that will forever connect you to other teachers. Whether you teach for three years or thirty, when you meet another teacher there is a bond that you have, an understanding of what the job is that allows you to share, commiserate and laugh in ways that people who never taught, will never be able to understand.
read and talk
10.Paid to read and talk. This is really one of my favorite things to say about my job. I get paid to read and talk, it is what I do and I love it. What other job in the world pays you to talk about what you love, read about what you love and get paid to do it. It is a dream come true.
Of course people will continue to blame teachers (more about that here) for the ills of the world. Teachers will be evaluated by unfair and biased measures, but it really isn’t all bad. If you feel in your soul that you were meant for the classroom, do not let money, retirement, standards or public opinion diminish your passion and drive. Another career may pay the bills, but as the old adage says, “Do what you love and you will never work a day in your life”. If you are feeling overwhelmed or stressed out, remember these 10 reasons why it is still great to be a teacher and why we do this job everyday. We are helping children become the best they can be.