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Top 10 Reasons Why Being An Educator Is Rewarding

Updated on January 23, 2012
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There are many of us out there who are educators. Why did we become educators? More than likely, we will have close to the same answers. Here are the top 10 reasons I became an educator, in no particular order.

  1. Working with children is rewarding. There’s no better feeling than when you teach a child something and they actually get it! To see them processing the information that you provided and apply it to paper or everyday life is something I strive to attain each and every day. I know I’m doing my job when I reach a child.
  2. You get something new everyday. Just like adults’ moods change, so do a child’s. You never know what kind of mind frame a child will walk into the class with. It’s a challenge to adjust and adapt to this, and it will continue to be different everyday.
  3. I love being a role model. This usually tends to happen more with the younger kids; the primary grades. They look up to you so much and want to be just like you when they grow up! They run around saying I want to be a teacher like (him/her)! It’s a great feeling to know you are looked up to, and are hopefully making an impact on a child’s life.
  4. School may be a child’s only outlet. Sadly enough, there are children going home to broken homes, abusive relationships, or nothing! I try not to think about how bad some children have it, because I was fortunate enough to be raised in a loving, 2-parent home. I’ve realized that, sadly, times are changing and homes aren’t what they used to be. I keep in mind that the child may not know better when they do something wrong, and try to correct them in a caring manner. I want to let that child know that when they are in school, they are safe, and they are cared for here. It may be the only attention and sense of caring they receive.
  5. Kids are flat out funny. It’s amazing what comes out of a child’s mouth sometimes. They will come up to your desk and start telling you the most random story you’ve ever heard! Sometimes you just have to sit back, laugh, and take lessons from these kids. They have no worries and no cares.
  6. June, July, August =)
  7. You can do fun art projects or just projects in general. I love assigning open ended projects to the older students and seeing what they bring into me. One assignment is to have them design a plant cell. Students bring in cakes, cookies, shoe boxes and more. I love seeing how creative they are.
  8. Creating bulletin boards. You can show your creative side, and put up information about yourself for the class. Younger students think that teachers live in the school, so it’s nice for them to see what your hobbies are outside of school. They like to relate to you if you have the same interests as them.
  9. “Teachable Moments.” I love when something pops up and it gives me a chance to go off topic, or on, of what we are discussing and give them a little lesson in and of itself. Teachable moments can happen at anytime or any place, so it’s important that you’re ready to grab them and go with them when they happen.
  10. Field trips. Not only are field trips fun because you kind of get the day off, but they’re very educational as well. It’s neat when you see a student really getting into something on your field trip, and then coming back and talking about it constantly. Once again, it’s like you got through to a student, and you didn’t even have to teach! Make your field trips count.

Overall, I love my job as an educator, and I will never give it up. Seeing children everyday and teaching them is rewarding to me, and I feel like I’m doing a service to future generations by helping these kids. Hopefully I can make a difference everyday, because that is what I’m striving to do.


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      Kimberly Schimmel 6 years ago from North Carolina, USA

      I agree that it is rewarding to work with children. I appreciate their honesty and enthusiasm. I tried teaching adults a few times--boring! They just sit there!

      I appreciate the teachers that accepted my enthusiasm and channelled it into useful work.