Ten Reasons to Become a Teacher
Teaching is a special calling. It is not a job well-suited to everyone. In fact, many new teachers leave within the first 3-5 years of teaching. However, there are many rewards that come with this oft maligned career. Here are the top ten reasons why teaching can be a great profession.
1. Student Potential
Unfortunately, not every learner will succeed in your class. However, this fact should not keep you from believing that every learner has the potential for success. This potential is so exciting each New Year presents new challenges and new potential successes.
It is important to believe that every learner can succeed. If you believe it, learners will realize it and work harder. When a teacher doesn’t truly believe that each learner can succeed in his or her class, this comes through to the learners and can truly be detrimental. On a personal note, one year I told my learners that I knew they could get the complicated concept I was teaching in Biology, and I continued working until I truly felt that they all got it. One student in particular came up to me after class and said, “I can’t believe I understand that. Thank you.” That was an awesome moment for me as a teacher, I felt special and honored.
2. Student Successes
Closely related to the previous pick, learners success is what drives teachers to continue. Each learner who didn’t understand a concept and then learned it through your help can be exhilarating. And when you actually reach that learner that others have written off as being un-teachable, this can truly be worth all the headaches that do come with the job.
Learners want to succeed. Normally successful learners begin each year believing that they will do well. Typically unsuccessful learners also start each year with the hope that this year might be different. It is our job as teachers to foster that hope and find ways to help every learner become successful. Obviously, this is not 100% possible. That does not mean it’s not a goal to strive for.
3. Teaching a Subject Helps You Learn a Subject
You will never learn a topic better than when you start teaching it. I remember my first year teaching Biology. I had passed well Biology through out my studies and I knew what I was doing. However, the students’ questions just made me dig deeper and learn more. There is an old adage that it takes three years of teaching to truly master a subject and in my experience this is the truth.
4. Daily Humor
If you have a positive attitude and a sense of humor, you will find things to laugh about each day. Sometimes it will be silly jokes you will make up as you teach that might get a laugh from your learners. Sometimes it will be jokes that kids share with you. And sometimes learners will come out with the funniest statements without realizing what they’ve said. Find the fun and enjoy it!
5. Affecting the Future
Yes it might be trite, but it is true. Teachers mold the future each day in class. In fact, it is true that you will see some of these learners more consistently day-to-day than their parents will. Senior teachers will tell you that there is no joyful moment like when you meet your old students longer after their schooling.
6. Staying Younger
Being around young people everyday will help you remain knowledgeable about current trends and ideas. It also helps break down barriers.
7. Autonomy in the Classroom
Once a teacher enters that classroom each day and begins teaching, they really are the ones who decide what’s going to happen. Not many jobs provide an individual with so much room to be creative and autonomous each day.
8. Conducive to Family Life
If you have children, the school calendar will typically allow you to have the same days off as your kids. Further, while you might bring work home with you to grade, you will probably be getting home close to the same time as your children.
9. Job Security
In many areas, teachers are a scarce commodity. It is fairly certain that you will be able to find a job as a teacher, though you might have to wait until the start of a new school year and be willing to travel within your county/school district. While requirements might be different from district to district, once you have proven yourself a successful teacher, it is relatively easy to move around and find a new job.
10. Holiday off
In Uganda, there is no area that has a year-round-education system like in some other countries, you will have a couple of days off after every term, three times a year where you can choose to get a holiday job or work in your farm or just relax and vacation. Further, you typically get more days off for Christmas than any other employees are given which can really be a huge benefit and provide much needed rest time.