Why Become a Teacher? My Top 10 Reasons
Benefits of Becoming a Teacher
A lot of people ask me the same question over and over again. It's the one question that teachers find most difficult to answer because there isn't just one reason! "Why do you want to become a teacher?" My oh my! Where do I begin, is my usual answer. Get a glimpse into my world of sharing my passion for teaching. I hope you enjoy!
My Reasons For Becoming a Teacher
Like I said before, there isn't just one reason why I want to become a teacher so let me try to summarize.
1. Every day of teaching brings a new discovery of happiness.
This is the truth! Children can brighten up your day with even a simple smile (got to love the toothless ones, too!) I have been student teaching for 4 weeks now and have gotten close with the children in my class. I keep a small journal to write in everyday about how I'm feeling and any cute things to remember.
It was my second week of teaching and a little boy with big brown eyes came up to me and said "Ms. T, you're AWESOME!" and gave me a huge hug. That probably doesn't sound like much at all but it meant the entire world to me. I don't think teachers get enough appreciation for all the things that they do. In this profession, it is going to be a challenge not having someone telling you "hey, good job" or "wow you put a lot of time into that!"
My second precious moment was from one of the little tomboy girls in my class. She is always talking about Star Wars, bugs, monsters, and every other typical "boy" pleasure. One day before starting our morning meeting, she looked up at me on the floor and said "Ms. T, you're so pretty" and smiled brightly. I could of just picked her up and squeezed her! About every day after that, she repeated the same thing to me. After a week I finally asked her why she told me that everyday. She responded "because you get happy and smile when I say it." Aww...bless her heart :)
2. You're a lifelong learner.
Whoever thought that teachers knew everything, was completely wrong! During these past few weeks, I have been learning right along with my third graders. I never knew how much teachers had to prep, study, and research to prepare a lesson before. You will get so wrapped up in finding cool new facts, pictures, videos, smartboard lessons and books to show your kids that you'll see that learning IS fun! There is always something new to be discovered, enjoy the ride!
3. You get to play with sponges all day long.
You're probably wondering what the heck I mean by that title! When I say "sponges," I am talking about the children. You will find that kids soak up so much information and knowledge in one day that it'll blow your mind! I taught a lesson during our solar system unit on the moon and about a week after, some boys were discussing statistics about the moon that "Ms. T taught." Wait WHAT, our students actually listen to us?! ;)
4. You have the power to impact a child's future.
Can you remember back when you were in elementary school? I sure can. I was always the shy little blonde girl in my classroom that blushed by the slightest things. I was very self conscious and had anxiety problems but it all turned around after fifth grade. Mr. Johnson was his name, he reached out to me like no other teacher had ever done. He wanted to know about my personal life, goals, dreams, and other interests. I had never felt so appreciated and noticed before him. I can certainly say he impacted my life along with many other teachers along my educational journey.
You need to realize that everything you say or do as a teacher, students will remember for a lifetime. I try my best to bring light into the most closed off students in my class. The first week of school there was a boy who would literally put his head down when I would say "Hi" or ask if he needed help. About 3 weeks later, he is one of my buddies now who will show me his artwork, writing, or anything else I ask for. Don't ever underestimate the power of complimenting children.
The sign below couldn't explain it better.
6. You can truly be yourself.
This is one of my top reasons for wanting to become a teacher. What better profession than one where you can be yourself? Put me in front of my peers or co-workers and I will be a nervous wreck. Sit me in front of a bunch of kid's smiling faces and I can relax! As a student teacher, I LOVE when my cooperating teacher leaves the room for one of my lessons. I always have a blast when I get to be silly on their level without having someone to judge me. You should always remember the simplest things children will appreciate. Today I had the kids get on their knees and pretend they were a mouse from the book "Poppy" It literally lasted about 30 seconds but the sparkle in their eyes and the change in their attitudes were unbelievable.
7. You get a whole day dedicated to your hard work.
Prepare for apples, pencils, and cards coming your way! Speaking of National Teacher's Day, it is right around the corner! Why not contact that old teacher who inspired you? :D
8. You get to let your creativity shine.
If you are a creative person that loves designing, coloring, or just overall letting your personality show, this is the profession for you! Whether you are changing your bulletin boards, hanging up kid's art projects, designing worksheets, or just hanging up posters on your wall, you get to be creative all day long. I never realized how many creative opportunities teachers had until my cooperating teacher put me in charge of designing the classroom. It's amazing how many resources there are out there for you to buy for your classroom. Don't just depend on those though, use children's pictures to decorate a bulletin board or make a class project for the wall. Kids take pride in seeing their work in the classroom, take advantage!
9. Field trips, choir concerts, fundraisers, book fairs, recess, fun Fridays, etc.
School isn't all about being in the classroom! There are many fun things that go on in schools for you and your students. Just going to the school book fair was enough for me to get excited (ha ha). It's the sense of community within the school that makes simple activities fun. Have a day to spare from lesson planning? Go outside with your students and play a game with them at recess. Give your students the opportunity to get to "eat with the teacher" some days too. Get involved and your teaching experience will be rewarding.
10. Meet wonderful people, get weekends and holidays off...wait! There's more than 10!
Becoming a teacher has way too many benefits for me to completely list. If you have the passion and drive for students success then this is the right profession. Yes, planning 3-4 subjects a day is A LOT of work but if you're like me, it won't feel like a job anymore.
What BEST quality did your favorite teacher have?
"The best teachers teach from the heart, not from the book."
I absolutely love the Chicken Soup series and I think this one is definitely a keeper.
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