Top Reason I Love Being A Teacher And Teaching

Why I Teach

I just read another hub. Someone had written about the top ten reasons for teaching. And it struck a nerve. Don't get me wrong...the hubwriter wrote an awesome hub. She had a great list of good reasons to teach. I agreed with most of the reasons....but the hub mentioned things that are my personal pet peeves...and I had to blow off steam and write....so here you go :)

This person number ten on the list was "summer breaks and holidays off!" I come across this a lot! And maybe that IS the reason many people chose to become teachers...but that was NOT the reason I became a teacher. I became a teacher to help children learn. I had two wonderful teachers that inspired me to choose their profession.

The first was Mrs. Sealy, from Luther Burbank school in Artesia, California. She was my first teacher. She ingrained in me a lifelong love of teaching and learning. I was a very shy young girl. My family moved a lot...my older sister had attended eleven schools by second grade. I would attend more than thirty in my school career. Mrs. Sealy understood that I was shy - and encouraged me to do my best while not requiring I read aloud in class or stand in front of the class to give a report. She also had me work with children who needed more help than I did, therefore allowing me to make friends I would not have made otherwise.

The second teacher was Mr. Wasinger, from Nelson/Hemphill Elementary in Haysville. Kansas. He co-taught a huge fifth grade class. He worked with Mrs. Kennedy, who was actually my assigned teacher. Mr. Wasinger instilled in me a greater love of reading and writing. He read to us daily and at least once or twice a week, we wrote. We wrote poems, stories, essays, and many other things. The story I most remember him reading to us was "Where The Red Fern Grows," by Wilson Rawls.I read that story to my students every year that I teach fifth-graders.

Both teachers taught me that to be a great teacher you have to love children and love helping them learn. And have fun while doing it. They showed me that building relationships with students was the single most important thing you could do to help a child learn.

I did not get into teaching for the money. I have a master's degree in Special Education. Most professionals that I know with master's degrees make two or three times more money than I do. My district - and my state - has had some major budget issues in the last three years. Almost everything related to education budgets have been cut. That means that we are not getting items that we need to best teach our students. That also meant that teachers have not received a pay raise in three years - and it doesn't look good for the near future, either.

I did not get into teaching for summer's off. In fifteen years, I have not had a summer off. I have taken extra classes to renew my teaching certificate - at my own expense. I have taught summer school classes. I have taught at a special education program. This past summer I started a free tutoring service for children who needed extra help but whose parents could not afford the national tutoring services - because summer school for regular education students was also cut.

I did not get into teaching for the prestige. Although teaching is a prestigious profession, not all parents that you deal with feel the same way. They believe that you are at school for the sole purpose of teaching their one precious child to the exclusion of all other children. If you decide that the rest of the class needs to be taught, these particular parents go to the school board and complain that you are not doing your job right.

I did not get into teaching for the health/dental/etc. insurance. In my district, we have to pay a healthy price for our insurance. It's not the worst insurance in the world...and it's not the best. We have higher co-pays than in the past. Insurance is a decent perk...but it's not the reason I teach.

I get lots of great perks in my job - none of which came from union/school board decisions. The perks I get can't be negotiated for. You have to earn them. You earn them by building relationships with wonderful young children. You earn them by making learning a positive experience. You earn them by providing positive discipline for your students.

My perks are sticky hugs, handmade construction paper cards, stuffed animals brought from home and unconditional love. My perks are the "light bulb" moments when a child finally "gets it" and high fives from students on their way home. My perks are former students coming back...some with their own children...and telling me that I was their "favorite" teacher.

These perks are the reasons I teach. My "top" list of reasons I teach has only one item - I teach for the children.


After rereading the hub that inspired me to write this I discovered that this other hub writer and I have very much in common. Thank you for inspiring me to write my "list"!!

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asmaiftikhar 5 years ago from Pakistan

Your reasons of teaching are very logical .keep writing like this .thanks for sharing your good thoughts.


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Paul Kuehn 5 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

I share all of your reasons for teaching. When I was younger, I could have gone into teaching, but I didn't because I got a job with the government with much more pay. Throughout my 27 years with the government I really wasn't completely happy, because my heart was still in teaching. After I retired, I came to Thailand to teach EFL - something which I started doing in my 20s. I have come full-circle and I haven't been happier now.


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justateacher 5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

Thank you both for your comments. I don't know any profession that is better than teaching!


Mohammad Wasim 5 years ago from To become a good human being need love.

Teaching has a lot off perk. No doubt. In the picture,I see the attentiveness of the children. Love is existed by birth in our blood. Dolphin and the children are the good example to live together with love.

We have to bring our children very near to each and every creation on this world. So, no hate and dispute will exist any more. I like the teaching.


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justateacher 5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

Mohammad - thanks for your comments....I love teaching and never want another occupation!


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psychicdog.net 5 years ago

It is so good to hear a teacher motivated for children! Rate you up for sure.


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justateacher 5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

I am lucky...I work with a school full of teachers who are motivated for children...

Thank you pyschicdog!


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

As a teacher, I give my big appreciation to this hub. Every day I was surrounded my students who want to study seriously. I believe all teachers in the world gave their energy and thoughts for the progress of education. Keep it up and God bless you. Take care!

Prasetio


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justateacher 5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

Most teachers love to see their students learn and do their best to help that happen....


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prairieprincess 5 years ago from Canada

Justateacher, what a beautiful hub. I love these lines: "my perks sticky hugs, handmade construction paper cards, stuffed animals brought from home and unconditional love."

Pure gold! Those are things that you cannot buy or sell but are precious gifts. You are a true teacher.

BTW, I did write the hub you mentioned in the beginning but I sure did not get into teaching for those perks, either! My perspective was more from just a general perspective to try to attract people into teaching. I put the superficial stuff at the beginning but then got to the good stuff: lightbulb moments and relationships. That IS what teaching is about. The other things are just a bit of compensation for a lot of hard work.

Thanks for a wonderful hub!


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justateacher 5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

Prairie - I knew that when I read your hub that you cared about the kids....and when you mentioned the lightbulb moments, I knew you knew what teaching was all about...what I meant when I said you "struck a nerve" I meant that you inspired me to write my own hub...and you allowed me to mention my pet peeves by talking about them. It is sad that there are teachers who truly ARE in it for the "summer's off" - we don't need teachers like them...

Thank you for commenting and for inspiring me!


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American View 5 years ago from Plano, Texas

Outstanding article. Up and awesome!!

I had to write that part first. Teaching is far from an easy job, especially if you had a student like me. I promise I made several great people question if they were in the right Profession. They were, I just was to stupid then to know it. I was one of those who did not earn his HS diploma. I was given mine and told to never return. I guess that was a smallprice to play to make sure I did not torture anymore teachers. Of course after living my life I realize the value of what I messed up on back then. But today is worse. When I was diciplined by the school, my parents were alweays on the side of the school, and rightfully so. But today, parents do not back or assist teachers in educating our nations youth. I was lucky. The mothers curse did not apply to my children. They were outstanding students and still are in college.

I understand what you mean when you say that is the only job you ever wanted. I felt that way about my job on FDNY. people need to wake up and be happy that good people like you want that job, even after dealing with students like me.

I know you use the name "justateacher" but in reality you all are much more than "just". Please continue to do a great job and even though you were not one of my teachers, take my apology and never give up on that student, Because it is amazing what a student like me remembers from those teachers and when that happens, I sit back and say" dam, imagine if I paid more attention back then"

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Steve LePoidevin 4 years ago from Thailand

Great hub! I have been a teacher for most of my life and would not have traded all the great moments for anything. Currently finishing off the last three or four years of my career teaching senior math in China. Still having way too much fun!


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nifwlseirff 4 years ago from Villingen Schwenningen, Germany

While teaching, I also never had a summer off, and spent most of my weekends/evenings preparing! It's not a 8am-4pm job, with loads of free time, no stress, etc. I am always horrified at how many people believe this! Teaching is very demanding, but very rewarding when your students actually get those lightbulb moments that all teachers aim for!


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Tonu1973 4 years ago from the outer reaches of reality

Great hub. I can relate with everything that you mentioned. I would also like to say to American View that I completely agree with your view of the state of affairs in schools these days. The teacher always seems to be singled out as the bad one and unfortunately many times administration is to scared to stick up for the teacher. Parents need to stop treating public schools like a day care and let teachers teach. That is the only way that America will catch up with the rest of the world.


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

Hooray for teachers like you. :) Great hub and great work.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

I'm glad you're sticking with what can be a challenging profession. Voting this Up and Interesting. Thanks for SHARING.


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justateacher 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

alocsin - I can't think of another profession I would love as much as this one...


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

I really appreciate you writing this hub. So many teachers do list "summers and holiday breaks" as a reason for teaching. While it's nice, as you said, much of this time is taking up with teaching things like classes, plus it's an absurd reason to go into a field.

I don't know what state you teach in, but in Wisconsin, the teachers lost some retirement benefits and union bargaining this past year, due to some new initiatives from the governor. You would think that he cut half the teachers in the state the way teachers have reacted. It's sickening how much time and energy they've put into protesting. So many teachers have so completely lost sight of why they're in this field. It's sad to say the least.

The students and their achievements were definitely what kept me in it for the 4 years that I taught special ed. I will probably get back into the field at some point, but it will be for the students, not the other teachers or any of the so called benefits of being a teacher.

Thanks again for sharing your viewpoints on this subject. It was very refreshing to read them.


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justateacher 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

randomcreative - thank you for stopping by and commenting! I teach in Kansas, and right now our teacher's unions are complaining and protesting for a variety of reasons - one is that teachers are expected to stay at school until all of their students are picked up by parents or put on a school bus! Seems to me that this has always been a part of the job and we just have to accept it! The teachers at my school who complain entered the profession - according to them - because it was an easy degree and an easy job!! Boy, were they disappointed!


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Oh my, what a ridiculous complaint. Won't most teachers be staying that late most of the time anyway?

I'm sure many people are under the assumption that teaching is easy because it is not a difficult degree program to complete. It's too bad that people interested in the field themselves still can't see past that concept until they're working.


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dkm27 4 years ago from Chicago

Great hub. I had the time of my life teaching for 30+ years. Teaching is a very demanding job if the job is done correctly.


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justateacher 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

dkm- Thank you for your kind comments!


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Greg Horlacher 4 years ago from Grand Prairie, TX

Excellent hub! I used to read Where the Red Fern Grows at least once a year when I was a kid - same with Little Women.


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justateacher 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

Greg-Little Women was another of my favorites!


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FreezeFrame34 4 years ago from Charleston SC

I also get the, "Wow! It must be nice to get the WHOLE summer off AND get paid for it!" I love when parents are mad that their hard-earned tax payer money isn't going exactly where they want it to and they take it out on the teachers, administrators, etc. They often forget that we pay taxes too.

It's a lot different teaching in a free-to-work state than a union state; you pay A LOT more for your own insurance, 401 (K), etc. A lot of people think the benefits are great and entirely paid for by the tax payers, which it's not.

Tons of teachers pay for a lot of items out of their pockets, especially for low income students who don't bring supplies to school, ever! (And that is across all socio-economic backgrounds- I'm not being stereotypical, it happens more than people realize.


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justateacher 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

Freeze frame...I agree...our school year just started 8 days ago...already I spent $400 of my personal money on things for my students...our state allows us $250 tax deductionfor this...we also get $300 from our school for supplies..but by the end of the school year I have usually spent this and another $500 on top of that...since I changed grade levels this year I had to already fspent way to much of my own money...I also have been spending at least twelve hours a day at school...with no extra compensation for the extra hours...I teach because I love the kids...not for summers off...


Clementine8 4 years ago from Australia

I am a preschool teacher and you really have to do this job for the love. We don't get summers off, we get low pay, we work long hours (often 11 hour shifts four days a week) and we don't get respect (I have a four year degree and often get called a babysitter). But I love my job and would never change it. I get more hugs a day than most would get in a year. I get to be expressive through crafts and music alongside the children and every day is full of learning and laughing. There are many teachers who seem to dislike their jobs and even dislike children which is a shame for education, for children and for themselves to be in such a lucky position to have a huge impact on anothers life and to be making such a negative impact. If you are a teacher you need to do it for the love, and if you don't love it, you need to leave it to people who do. :) Great Hub...I love to read anything from likeminded teachers.


Clementine8 4 years ago from Australia

http://www.change.org/petitions/office-of-early-ch...

Please sign this petition to stop teachers bullying children in early childhood education. ;)


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justateacher 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

Clementine...thanks for reading! I signed the petition, as well!


Clementine8 4 years ago from Australia

Thank you so much...it means a lot. :) For too long I have watched children being bullied by teachers, at first I tried to change the centre, then I left the centres, now I am going to try to make a change from the top. There are not enough great teachers around for children, yet they are so important

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