Top 10 Reasons to Become an Elementary Teacher
We have all met people who did or did not become elementary school teachers for the right reasons. While there is no single correct or incorrect reason, there are a number of good reasons to contemplate this career option. Are you considering going into teaching but aren't sure if you will be a good fit for the job? Check out these 10 reasons for becoming an elementary teacher.
1. You love kids.
I have discussed this concept in other articles, and I know it seems obvious, but it still has to be said. We have all met teachers who really didn't seem to enjoy children, which is so sad. Whether or not you have any passion for teaching or any other aspect of education, you will not enjoy coming to work every day if you don't love kids. One of the most interesting and enjoyable aspects of teaching for many people is the humorous aspect as well as the perspective on life that kids bring to the classroom.
2. You are good with kids.
Loving kids is the first step to being a good teacher. Determining whether you are good with kids or not is the next step. Do students looking forward to working with you most days? Do you have a good rapport with them? It is tough to measure this concept but still very important to consider. If you don't feel that you have an accurate read on your abilities, review the feedback or think about the comments that you've gotten through experience with kids. This can include anything from babysitting to student teaching. Most likely there will be remarks that pertain to your abilities with the kids.
3. You love teaching.
Some people are natural born teachers. There are certainly lots of techniques that can help people grow these skills, but many great teachers have excellent teaching intuition. I believe that many people who write for HubPages can relate to this notion, as one primary reason to write articles on a site like this is to pass your wisdom on to others.
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4. You enjoy the school environment.
In addition to enjoying kid interactions, many teachers also enjoy their adult co-workers and the general environment of their schools. The environment of a work place can make all the difference for daily work morale. Having positive co-workers who support you and share your point of view about many areas of teaching and education can positively affect your classroom.
5. You love learning.
One great aspect about teaching is that while you get to impart a lot of knowledge, you also frequently learn from your students and you get to learn along with them. If you take initiative to learn new skills on your own on a regular basis, such as craft techniques, recipes, and home projects, you will most likely enjoy the learning aspects that come with the teaching profession.
6. You want to make a difference in the lives of others and enjoy watching the progess that your students make.
Teaching appeals to many people because of the idealistic aspect of wanting to make a difference. When you work with students over an entire school year, you are able to observe a great deal of progress, which is very rewarding. In addition to academic progress, you also watch your students develop socially and emotionally. Even when you can't see measurable process from day to day or even week to week, you will be able to see trends over larger spans of time.
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7. You enjoy the curriculum.
Over the years I have encountered a number of elementary teachers who were passionate about one or two academic subjects but didn't enjoy the entire spectrum. As a result, their students often suffered because these teachers didn't put the effort into those other less liked subjects that they should have. Embrace the variety of the curriculum and find something to love about every subject.
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8. You're a creative person.
Teaching elementary school requires more creative thinking than you can ever really imagine when you're completing your degree program. Every teacher has had a number of those "none of my classes ever prepared me for this" situations. Being able to think creatively on your feet will play a huge role in getting you through these situations successfully. Teaching elementary school lends itself to many other creative outlets as well, such as creating costumes for a class play or writing your own song for a school talent show.
9. You love education.
I'm not talking about jumping on board with heated political issues or joining the bandwagon for the latest curriculum trend. I'm talking about a deep appreciation for the classic roots of education and for the pursuit of truth and knowledge. Were you first inspired to teach because of a high school history teacher who made the subject really fun? Did your first grade teacher instill a joy for reading in you through her passionate read aloud periods at the end of each day? This love of education is what you want to pass on to your students.
10. The school schedule fits with your current or desired lifestyle.
I am listing this reason last because I am NOT someone who promotes that the weekends, holidays, and summers off teaching schedule is a valid reason to go into teaching. It's not. However, the reality is that if you are planning to have children or already have children, the elementary teaching schedule can be a great fit for your lifestyle.
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