TEACHER DEVELOPMENT CLUB TIP #20: 24 Reasons Why You Should Be a Teacher

TEACHER DEVELOPMENT CLUB TIP #20: 24 Reasons Why You Should Be a Teacher

If you have been asking yourself 'Is it good to be a teacher?, then there are some strong reasons that will leave you without doubts that teaching is the most rewarding career in your life. 

According to the website; https://www.teachersoftomorrow.org,the following '24 Awesome-Inspiring Reasons' are the reasons why you should be proud to be a teacher: 

1. No two days are the same.
Most jobseekers cringe at the idea of having to do the exact same things every day. The great thing about teaching is that it offers a lot of variety. Each school year, you get to teach new sets of students with varying characters, experiences, and ideas. As their teacher, you can incorporate new topics, upgrade your teaching style, and design new lessons to spruce and liven up the classroom.

2. You’ll get to learn as well as teach.
A topic is better learned when you’re starting to teach it. During classes, your students will ask questions. Most of the time, they are amusing and interesting that you have to dig deeper and get a better understanding of the subject area in question. For example, if you’re a science teacher, you can also be a science student every school year. In the process, you’d have the opportunity to integrate new research, technology, and other science breakthroughs into your lessons.

3. Teaching makes a difference, with visible results.
Experienced teachers always marvel about the priceless joys from seeing progress of their students. Through time, they gain new knowledge, deeper interest on the subject, and learn what fires their passion most. Your role as a teacher is to mold the future by influencing students’ views and understanding. Also, you’d help them develop behavior, adopt creativity, view the world in a positive approach, and find the potential they need to lead a productive life.

4. Sharing is good.
The more you teach, the more chances you have to give back to the community and contribute to the influencing the minds of future leaders, game-changers, innovators, and movers. Especially if you’re leading by example, you can be sure your students will turn out to be their best selves.

5. Teachers can work all over the world.
Another major advantage of being a certified educator is that you can teach virtually anywhere – coast to coast and in any type of school. The great news for aspiring teachers is that America is in huge need for teachers, and aims to hire all qualified teachers it can find.

6. Teaching is the best job in the world.
Not only because it is a noble profession, it also allows you to be continuously creative and be better professionally. In every lesson, you can hone your creativity by adding interest to capture your students’ attention. Teachers nowadays have plenty of opportunities on their hands to be creative and exhaust all methods possible to make an optimum learning environment for students.

7. You’ll benefit from flexible hours.
Teaching is considered as one of the most secure careers to date, thanks to high levels of immigration. Right now, schools are growing persistently. As a result, the government is exerting more efforts to meet teacher supply now and in the last 3 years. As long as you have gone through the required steps into teaching, retaining your position is fairly easy. Also, teaching is a valuable skill that you can easily take with you even if you leave the country.

8. You’ll have job security.
Being in a highly social job is also a bonus for most teachers. Apart from numerous students, you’ll also get to work as part of the team. Teachers also have the opportunity to become an essential part of the community, while participating in good causes or simply interacting with parents and community members.

9. Get independence.
A teacher is the pillar of every classroom. This means you’ll be the one to decide on what’s best for your students and how you intend to design your lesson plans. While it is necessary to follow the outline of your curriculum, you still get the freedom to infuse your own personality as you ace your way to teaching.

10. At the same time, you’ll get to reach out to the society.
Teaching is more than just receiving a paycheck. It’s a satisfying career knowing that you’ll get the honor to make a difference in students’ lives.  You’re interacting with students and community members from all walks of life, therefore, you’ll get better understanding of current society and activate the creativity in you.

11. You’ll have more than just a job.
Most of the time, teachers enjoy great summer vacation, not to mention holiday breaks and spring vacations. If you’re a teacher with kids, this is a great advantage since you’ll get to spend quality time with them since they’ll be in vacation too. Alternatively, you’ll get extra time to work as a summer school teacher. You can also travel or pursue things that you enjoy doing.

12. Influence the next generation.
Students look up to their teachers, especially if the latter is able to establish strong relationship with the former. Teachers are responsible not only for educational enrichment. You constantly connect with your pupils and commit on reaching out to them in all levels.
Based on Pew Research Polls, teachers are some of the most important occupations in the community.

13. You’ll have longer vacations.
Students look up to their teachers, especially if the latter is able to establish strong relationship with the former. Teachers are responsible not only for educational enrichment. You constantly connect with your pupils, shape their minds, and create new candidates for the next generation.

14. Ensures that your vocabulary, fashion and music tastes remain current and relevant.
Kids are pretty good at catching up with the ins and outs of fashion, music, as well as spoken language, especially now that social media is dominating the way we interact. By being constantly around them, you’re sure to adapt the behavior without even realizing it.

15. You are constantly learning new skills.
Just because you’re a teacher doesn’t mean that your learning stops there. Aside from teaching in your subject area of specialization, you also learn how to coach sport events, run school clubs, do crafts and arts, and even student counselling.

16. You build positive relationships with students, colleagues, parents and the wider community.
Teachers are being look up to not only by students, but also by people surrounding them. Since they do a good job in shaping the future and molding the minds of youth, they effortlessly create positive relationships as they continue to interact and influence younger generation.

17. You become a role model. People look to you for advice and guidance and that feels pretty good.
Doing a noble job makes you an idol of the crowd. Not only students, colleagues and parents value your insights and that gives you a sense of pride.

18. The children teach you as much as you teach them.
You may be the teacher, but that doesn’t mean that it’s only you who does the teaching. As every teaching day approaches, there will always be moments where you can learn just from an innocent comment from the kids.

19. There is constant laughter.
There is no doubt that learning is fun. It is for students, and for teachers too! Playful remarks from you and your students usually keep the class alive.

20. The “thank-yous” mean a lot.
Gifts and freebies when you’re a teacher are inevitable. Still, the verbal gratitude from parents and students whom you’ve influenced positively is plain priceless.

21. You build positive relationships with students, colleagues, parents and the wider community.
Teaching stimulates relationships with everyone you come face to face with. Apart from sharing knowledge, you are also inspiring the youth to work for their aspirations or their dream career.

22. You get to meet colleagues with a passion for teaching equal to yours. They might become friends for life and the staple of your Friday night drinks.
When you become a teacher, it is nearly impossible to not gain new friends. The great thing about this is that you share the same commitment to the craft. This allows you to gain new ideas, share passion, and relate with people having the same profession as yours.

23. Teaching becomes your life.
It is not simply a job with plenty of vacation days – and you wouldn’t change it for the world.

24. The youth needs you.
Based on a 2015 survey by Chronicle of Education, only 4 percent of college freshmen have desire to major in education. Compared to year 2000 (11%), individuals wanting to become future educators are significantly decreasing. Likewise, a recent study published by Learning Policy Institute states that enrollments were down to 35% since 2001. In the future, research sees a total of 112,000 teacher vacancies by 2018. These figures only prove that teachers are extremely sought-after now and in the years to come.

What's your opinion? Are these 24 Reasons worth considering? Should we remove some of them or are there more than these? 
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EDUCATION INSIGHTS (Published on January 31, 2017) Should I Be A Teacher? Here Are 24 Awe-Inspiring Reasons To Consider It. https://www.teachersoftomorrow.org/blog/insights/should-I-be-a-teacher. Accessed on 29th October 2019

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