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The Teaching Profession

Updated on November 14, 2016

What is teaching?

If teaching is a networking business, then the most influential people are the teachers. Teachers can reach the lives of the bottommost, middle line and topmost members of the network’s pyramid. This comparison means that teacher can share, facilitate, communicate and act as students’ foundation of knowledge, values and skills from basic to post graduate education. In whatever means, the learning we acquired from our mentors become part of our profession, daily lives and individuality. We may have similar or different field or work interest compared to the most renowned and multi-awarded talk show host, Oprah Winfrey, or the Forbes richest man, Bill Gates, or even the youngest billionaire and Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, all of us learned how to say the alphabet, count numbers, and recognize the parts of a computer from our great teachers.

Teaching Strategy is used to achieve Learning

The teacher uses teaching strategy that best suit the lesson.
The teacher uses teaching strategy that best suit the lesson. | Source

Teacher's Passion and Dedication

Truly, all of us are product of our gurus’ passion and dedication. This proves Dan Rather quote which states “The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called truth”. Our teacher never stops encouraging and providing basket of learning until we become who we are. Seeing students learning the lesson and knowing former students achieving are the most rewarding moments of being a teacher. The prize of happiness of being a teacher is not payable with any currency in the world. Being part of the noblest and persuasive profession does not mean richness. Unlike in networking business, teaching earns people not profit.

This might sound forlorn; teacher rarely becomes billionaire. It takes sacks of devotion and compassionate heart of becoming a teacher especially in a third world country government school. Teachers in a third world country often partake some of their salary to their unfortunate pupils. Hence, it is uncommon to save some amount or become rich.

Qualities of a Good Teacher

Heart of a Teacher

What does it take to be a teacher?

Government or private school administrators require their teacher applicant to be a degree and a license holder. Post graduate completion is an edge. However, educational attainment is just part of the rating scale. Values and attitudes needed to mould and hone one’s personality are looked-for. To become a teacher, it takes long patience, general expertise, unremarkable dedication, and simple lifestyle. These values are desirable because teaching takes a lot of one’s time.

Some teachers walk this kind of path as they trail their way to school.
Some teachers walk this kind of path as they trail their way to school. | Source
Due to insufficient learning tool, this teacher uses a small board to deliver his lesson.
Due to insufficient learning tool, this teacher uses a small board to deliver his lesson. | Source
Conducive class environment helps children to   learn the lesson.
Conducive class environment helps children to learn the lesson. | Source

Sacrifices of being a Teacher

Teachers may not use high powered weapon or immerge in jungle and fight a war. They also sacrifice their lives for the profession they pledged to. To be assigned in rural areas where some teachers needed to cross a river and walk miles of muddy flooring every day and meet students smiling despite their starving stomach are distressing to the part of already exhausted teacher. But the show must go on, as they say. They always welcome each day as a brand new start despite of the difficulties and struggles they will be experiencing the whole. Though it is hard to deliver the lesson, they never stop utilizing varied strategies and visual aids to make their students learned. Though it knocks them off that they deviated again from the lesson plan prepared until dawn, they still assess objectives as accomplished. It is worth-tiring for to see students learning positively in whatever means the teachers offer.

In progressive schools where the facilities are complete and the learners come from well-off families, teaching is smooth sailing. Lesson plan is encoded. Audio-visual materials are one grab away. Active participation is expected from majority of the students. Truly, it is better to teach in advanced or industrialized areas. However, if teachers will weigh the comfort in teaching, who will teach the unfortunate children who are willing to learn? No one will teach them but the teachers. Teaching is a calling that in whatever means or situation, in rural or urban, teachers are teachers.

Teacher and a Lover

Wherever and whenever, teachers are 24/7 on profession. How about their private lives? How about their love life? How do they deal with their personal affairs?

Work versus Relationship

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Most teachers find happiness and fulfillment in their job. This is the reason why some remain single.
Most teachers find happiness and fulfillment in their job. This is the reason why some remain single. | Source
The boyfriend visits his girlfriend-teacher.
The boyfriend visits his girlfriend-teacher. | Source

For single and uncommitted mentors, teaching is the best career. All of their time is dedicated to their job. In some cases, this is the reason why some gurus remain to be single. They engage or even marry their job. They find happiness in their occupation.

Teaching is no fret for committed people in the profession. Loving a teacher means loving the vocation as well. It is blissful to see boyfriends or girlfriends making the learning tools and preparing the classroom for school year’s opening.

However, it is heart-breaking if our relationship partner cannot understand the profession we chose. This situation is stressful for teachers. This creates weighing love life versus work. This affects the teaching qualities and at the same time tangles the affairs. At this point, time allotment for work and love is desirable to save both. If worse thing happen, choosing is the last solution. But no one wants to have sad ending. As mentioned, teachers are teachers. They know how to save relationship as much as touching other lives.

Teacher acts as second parent to his student.
Teacher acts as second parent to his student. | Source
Imbalance priorities affect our lives
Imbalance priorities affect our lives | Source

Once married, the aptitude of being a teacher never stops. Their branches of services extend to their own families. They serve as parents-teachers to their children and teachers-parents to their students. Becoming real parents help them to understand more their students. They can assess the feelings of their students if they have any problem or simply not feeling well and vice versa to their own children.

Indeed, there is a mutual benefit between healthy married life and teaching profession.Healthy married life is emphasized when relating marriage to teaching. Why is it so? Just like in a boyfriend-girlfriend relationship, understanding partner or spouse is greatly desired. It is too absurd to hear that spouses are asking their teacher-wives to choose lesson plan or them. Certainly, quality time with family comes before anything else once we entered married life. But for teachers smart division of their time is needed to avoid conflict with partners and children.

Most children of teachers are bright and have a good study habit. Who will they observe every day? They always see their parents writing and reading. There is no day without tutoring or education updating. This scenario is good. If teacher can balance parent’s life and teacher’s life, everything goes in harmony. What if the other load is heavier than the other? Well, life becomes a seesaw. The heavier aspect with great importance touches the ground while the other hangs. When this happens, children tend to ask their parents dreadful inquiries that challenge their worth as parents and as teachers. No parent-teacher wanted to have this kind of consequence. This is the reason why teachers learn to equate people around them.

It is difficult to become a teacher. Like any other profession, teacher as well experiences a lot of sacrifices and challenges. Teachers shield themselves with adept mind, dynamic energy, skilful time management and convivial dealing to different kind of people to avoid or surpass challenges.

Retirement Life Dream

"To retire with sound body, happy environment and loving family"

Grandmother cuddles grandchildren with great happiness.
Grandmother cuddles grandchildren with great happiness. | Source

Life After Retirement

Life after retirement is something to look-for. We are wishing to retire with sound body, happy environment and loving family. It is a great happiness to see and cuddle our grandchildren, go on travel and hike with your spouse and attend fellowship with other fulfilled retirees.

However, not all retirees can get the life they are dreaming of. Since some of the teachers use most of their energy during their youthful years, retirement pension and benefits are just used for their hospitalization and daily medication. Some of them are ageing with larynx, lungs and heart problems. Subsequently, some bucks from their retirement annuity are allocated for their families. As observed, some retired teachers remain as providers for their love ones. Accept this or not, this happens in reality.

As a modern teacher, we must know how to become noble and at the same time value and balance everything we have including work, love ones and our lives. We might not be famous but our legacy in the heart and souls of our students remain.

Tribute Song for Great Teachers out there!

What can say about teaching as a profession?

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    • suzettenaples profile image

      Suzette Walker 2 years ago from Taos, NM

      Quite an interesting article. I am a retired teacher and I agree with most of what you say. Teaching is the highest priority and profession . But where I disagree is teaching is a 24/7 procession. A teacher needs time away from students, the classroom. And lesson planning. A teacher needs to have a balance in her life. She needs other activities and interests to "recharge her batteries" and have a fresh outlook when she does rerun to the coassroom. A teacher should never sacrifice her entire life for her students. That is much too intense. Teachers need to inspire and encourage their students and be the "guide on the side". All in all this is well done and informative.

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      Pinky de Garcia 2 years ago

      A huge gratitude for your comment suzettenaples. Your opinion is much appreciated. Happy Teacher's Day!

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      Emzkie 2 years ago

      This is very informative and useful topic. Thanks for this article. I can feel how my teacher relatives are going through. High Five!

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      Pinky de Garcia 2 years ago

      Thanks Emzkie for visiting this page and leaving an appreciation comment.

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      Jacqueline Williamson BBA MPA MS 2 years ago from Memphis

      Teachers have always been my unsung heroes! Kudos!

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      Pinky de Garcia 2 years ago

      Hi, jacqueline. Thanks for visiting my page. I agree with you that teachers are heroes. They fight for the wisdom and values of our children.

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      ocfireflies 2 years ago from North Carolina

      Kudos to you for choosing one of, if not, the most demanding careers out there. My son is a first year teacher and finding out about the demands of the profession. Welcome to HP. I look forward to reading more of your hubs.

      Best,

      ocfireflies

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      Pinky de Garcia 2 years ago

      Hello, Kim. Thanks for acknowledging my profession. You must be a proud mother of a dream maker.

      Likewise, thanks for your warm welcome. I appreciate it.

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      Gayle Dowell 2 years ago from Kansas

      Great article. I'm a retired homeschool mom, so my job really was a 24/7 deal, but one that I wouldn't have traded for anything.

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      Pinky de Garcia 2 years ago

      Hi, Gayle.Thanks for reading and appreciating my article. Cheers to the Most Dedicated Teachers in World!

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      Sharon 2 years ago from Philippines

      I always give high regards to teachers. I can witness their sacrifices in order to give the best education for the children. I travel with them everyday as we are assigned in an interior municipality with very limited public utility vehicles. No more space? No problem, they will stand or worst, will sit on the floor of the jeepney just to be able to reach the school. That is what I called love of work and dedication.

      My mom is a retired teacher and I am happy that my daughter is also planning to be one.

      I'm proud of you Mam!

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      Pinky de Garcia 2 years ago

      Dear Sharon (cinderella14),

      Thanks for appreciating the efforts of all the teachers. Hearing or receiving this commendation melts my heart. I know you are a great teacher-parent to your child. The spark and foundation of education starts at home. Parents who are good teachers in their own way deserve high regards as well.

      Congratulations for being one of the greatest parents!

      Kisses and hugs,

      Sweetpikez

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      Joanna Chandler 2 years ago from On planet Earth

      Hi Sweetpikez ,

      Teachers really play a major road in a child's life, children also spend more time "being awake" with their teachers so in a sense teachers are our mums and dads when we are away from home. They not only teacher but have to train some, let them know how to behave in a classroom, to be quiet etc.

      I guess joggling between a teacher and having your own personal family can be a little stressful. But once you know how to divide school from home responsibilities and give quality time to your family i think all will work well.

      As a teacher you also have a life to so you are the one to put that dividing line.

      Thanks for sharing.

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      Pinky de Garcia 2 years ago

      Dear Ladyfiddler,

      Thanks for visiting and leaving an insighful message.I do agree with all the things that you have mentioned.Weighing personal and work life could be stressful. But, when someone learns the curves of time management, everything will become smoothly and fine.

      Best regards to you and to your family.

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      T.B Whitt 2 years ago from the Philly area

      I have worked in a public school as a para professional and I have seen first hand what teachers go through day in and out. My daughter is also a first grade teacher in New Mexico. Keep your heart in the profession because as I discovered the best teachers are the ones who have a heart for their students not necessarily the ones who are biding time until retirement.

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      Pinky de Garcia 2 years ago

      Dear whittwrites,

      Thanks for your visit and your personal share. I will take note of the motivating words you have given.

      Cheers to all the teachers who taught from their hearts. Best regards.

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      Mary Norton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I am always in admiration of teachers who are very dedicated. I remembered some of my own teachers. They were the one who made me what I am now.

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      Pinky de Garcia 2 years ago

      Dear aesta1,

      I agree with your share.Our teachers are the greatest agents of what we are now.Thanks for your visit.

      Have a good day.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 2 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Teachers have a monumental as well as a daunting task at hand given the present day students. It is a job that teachers need to be verily thanked, for shaping and moulding the child.

      Great read. Have a nice day!

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      Pinky de Garcia 2 years ago

      Dear rajan,

      Thanks for reading and leaving an insighful thoughts.

      Have a nice day,

      Sweetpikez

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      I always say teachers round up the mind.. bless them all.... for everything they give up to make the world smaller for our children

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      Pinky de Garcia 2 years ago

      Dear Frank,

      Thanks for dropping by and commending the dedication of

      teachers.

      Regards,

      Sweetpikez

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      Joel Diffendarfer 2 years ago from Ft Collins, Colorado

      Girl, you did it again...like you always do! Great job (teacher gold star)! I was blessed to be able to attend a private school as a child. Parents had a lot of interaction with the teachers and many became great friends over the years. I remember back in 4th grade I struggled with spelling, English, sentence structure, etc. My mother and English Teacher got together and came up with a plan...it did not involve "learning" it involved playing games like scrabble, solving and writing crossword puzzles and crypto-quotes , and art...I spent hours at home "drawing" the front page of a famous New York Times newspaper...with a calligraphy pen set...I went from straight "D's" to straight "A's" in a matter of months...my love of writing came from that point in time...from a "grouchy old schoolteacher" whom I will never forget and always love.

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      Pinky de Garcia 2 years ago

      Dear Joel,

      I'm glad that you like this. I appreciate your story. I do agree with you that parents and teachers develop friendship over years. It happened to me as well. Though my previous students are now in tertiary, their parents are still sending birthday wishes and Christmas greetings. Their thoughts are ovewhelming.

      I would like to commend your teacher who did a systematic, creative, and child-friendly straregy. That was excellent!

      Have a great day,

      Sweetpikez

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 2 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      This is an awesome hub which I as a former teacher can completely identify with. I would have become a teacher at an earlier age but I had a family and the pay was so low in 1980. I took a higher paying job with the government instead,. but never lost my passion for teaching which I finalized realized teaching English in Thailand for six years. Voted this hub up as interesting, useful, and awesome. I am also sharing with my followers. I am also sharing this on Facebook.

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      Pinky de Garcia 2 years ago

      Dear Paul,

      I really appreciate your kind words. Thank you very much for voting and sharing.

      Have a wonderful season,

      Sweetpikez

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      Doodlehead 2 years ago from Northern California

      I had some (mostly) wonderful teachers in a small rural school growing up. It was only when I went to university that I got bad (not poor) teachers.

      I think teachers have to love people.

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      Pinky de Garcia 2 years ago

      Dear Doodlehead,

      Thank you for visiting and sharing your experience.Teaching from heart is an innate requirement for teachers. Love and passion are keys to reach every heart and mind of people effectively.

      Happy holidays,

      Sweetpikez

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      Pinky de Garcia 2 years ago

      Dear Doodlehead,

      Thank you for visiting and sharing your experience.Teaching from heart is an innate requirement for teachers. Love and passion are keys to reach every heart and mind of people effectively.

      Happy holidays,

      Sweetpikez

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      Pinky de Garcia 2 years ago

      Dear Doodlehead,

      Thank you for visiting and sharing your experience.Teaching from heart is an innate requirement for teachers. Love and passion are keys to reach every heart and mind of people effectively.

      Happy holidays,

      Sweetpikez

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      Pinky de Garcia 2 years ago

      Dear Doodlehead,

      Thank you for visiting and sharing your experience.Teaching from heart is an innate requirement for teachers. Love and passion are keys to reach every heart and mind of people effectively.

      Happy holidays,

      Sweetpikez

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      Pinky de Garcia 2 years ago

      Dear Doodlehead,

      Thank you for visiting and sharing your experience.Teaching from heart is an innate requirement for teachers. Love and passion are keys to reach every heart and mind of people effectively.

      Happy holidays,

      Sweetpikez

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      Pinky de Garcia 2 years ago

      Dear Doodlehead,

      Thank you for visiting and sharing your experience.Teaching from heart is an innate requirement for teachers. Love and passion are keys to reach every heart and mind of people effectively.

      Happy holidays,

      Sweetpikez

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      Pinky de Garcia 2 years ago

      Dear Doodlehead,

      Thank you for visiting and sharing your experience.Teaching from heart is an innate requirement for teachers. Love and passion are keys to reach every heart and mind of people effectively.

      Happy holidays,

      Sweetpikez

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      Pinky de Garcia 2 years ago

      Dear Doodlehead,

      Thank you for visiting and sharing your experience.Teaching from heart is an innate requirement for teachers. Love and passion are keys to reach every heart and mind of people effectively.

      Happy holidays,

      Sweetpikez

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      MaryBeth Walz 2 years ago from Maine

      This is a great article. So few people really think about teachers in their 3 dimensions. We've been so fortunate to have great teachers (for the most part) during our two girls school years. Voted up and shared. :)

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      Pinky de Garcia 2 years ago

      Dear mbwalz,

      Thank you for the kind word and high appreciation of teaching profession. I would like to congratulate you also for being the foundation of values and education for your children.

      Glad to meet you,

      Sweetpikez

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      T.B Whitt 2 years ago from the Philly area

      My daughter is a teacher and I was a classroom aide until I got laid off. I just wanted to call attention to how hard a teacher's typical day is.

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      Pinky de Garcia 2 years ago

      Dear whittwrites,

      You said it right. But no matter how hard it is, a teacher or a classroom aide still works with passion and dedication.

      Thank you for inspiring your daughter to become a teacher.

      My best regards,

      Sweetpikez

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