Feb 12, 2010

100 Reasons to be a Teacher

Hello fellow teachers and young adults! This blog post is to remind us why we are teaching and some reasons why you would want to be a teacher. If you are on the job hunt and not sure which career path to take, you may want to consider a teaching job. Teaching can be the most rewarding and demanding job there is. Some of these reasons are meant to be funny, but hold some truth as well.

  1. Consistent Schedule – The school day starts and ends at very specific times. No sudden surprises that you have to work the opening or closing shift!
  2. Summer – What other career can provide a 2½ month break and then a chance to restart with a new group.
  3. Winter Break – Guaranteed Christmas and New Years with family and friends. No begging the boss for time off or praying you get to line up your vacation with your significant other’s. Guaranteed time off!
  4. Minimum Days – What other job has specific days or weeks where you only work 4 hours, but get paid for a full day!
  5. Sub finder – Many districts allow you to call in sick to a computer system. No need to practice your sick voice before calling in.
  6. Holidays and Weekends – Having this time off is a gift that teachers take for granted too often.
  7. Pay scale – A teacher can improve their salary for each year of experience that they work. Also additional education builds your salary as well.
In Classroom/School
  1. Set the pace – A teacher has a chance to have a quiet day with the kids doing independent work, or they can shift gears to having great group conversations and running around the classroom.
  2. Change the topic when you get bored – Don’t like the topic, change it! There is no reason why you can’t skip around to make sense and make sure the students are engaged.
  3. Have a Daily Adventure – No one knows what the day shall bring. Bring it On!
  4. Laugh Daily – You will
  5. Cry With Your Students – You will
  6. Share in Special Moments – You will
  7. Be Open and Honest – The great ones are
  8. Be the First One to Know Something – The day a student runs to your classroom to make sure you know the news first – you will remember why you were meant to teach
  9. Demonstrate Respect – Students must know what it is and feel that they have yours. They will then be respectful in return.
  10. Helping Students Handle Failure – It’s hard for students to understand that failure is part of life and that they must learn from it and not give up.
  11. Have a movie day – Really tired from the night before? Stick in Stand and Deliver. The students are still seeing something of academic value and you get to sit and enjoy the quiet.
  12. Fieldtrips – Although there is a great deal of stress that comes with moving students around a distant land, there is something to be said for getting out of the classroom every once in a while.
  13. Assemblies – They can be annoying or just enough relief to make it through the day.
  14. Helpers – A good classroom teacher barely has to lift a finger. Students always want to help in any way possible.
  15. Bell Schedule – Just when you start to get irritated, that blessed sound comes to let you know it will all be ok
  16. Tenure – Great job security unparalleled by most other professions.
  17. Student made gifts – The best gift a teacher can receive is a heartfelt card written by a student
  18. Return Visits -As a teacher, I was always thrilled when the kids came back to see me. I felt that I really made a difference.
  19. Tracking Progress – The best way to know that you are on track and making a difference
  20. Freedom of Self Expression – Although there are many things a teacher is responsible for, understanding individual styles allows for the wiggle room necessary to bring your own personality out in your lessons.
  21. Stealing – Don’t worry! Teachers lovingly steal each other’s lessons every day. It is our way of sharing and the culture that is built into the teaching profession.
  22. Personal Chef – Most school cafeterias come with amazing cafeteria managers who make meals especially for their teacher clientele.
Making a Difference
  1. Personal Inspiration – I am inspired by every student I meet, the challenges they face, and how they work to overcome them
  2. Valuing the Individual – A teacher is given the opportunity to prove why each and every child is special and has something to contribute.
  3. Students – Molding Minds – The age old idea of teaching someone something they need to know
  4. Students – Creating Critical Thinkers – Allows a student to look beyond what they are told and create their own opinion
  5. Students – Developing Skills – Creating the basic skills that students need for survival and competing for jobs
  6. Students – Coach and Motivator – A teacher is not responsible for teaching students to just remember, they must let the students know that they are wonderful beings and can compete with anyone. Building self-esteem is part of teaching the child.
  7. Teaching Moment – All teachers know that beautiful moment when all the plans come together, the lesson is learned, and the students take personal responsibility for their own actions
  8. Stopping the Cycle – Nothing is more of a high than taking a student who is on track for gangs and dropping out, and giving them the motivation to be successful
  9. Counseling – A teacher is also a friend, an open ear, and a shoulder to cry on. A child cannot learn when their mind is distracted with fear or sadness.
  10. Be Happy to go to Work – You get to choose what you want to do and you are allowed to start fresh every day.
  11. Stay Young at Heart – No matter your age, you have a true connection with a younger generation
  12. To Teach Future Leaders – Some people are born leaders; others need opportunities to learn to lead.
  1. Police Officers – About to get a driving ticket? Make sure you let them know you're a teacher. Automatic free pass.
  2. Teacher Appreciation Day – An entire day dedicated to your profession
  3. Conversations with teachers – Anyone you ever meet who is or was a teacher will be able to have conversations with you for hours. It is the ultimate ice breaker.
  4. Conversations with non-teachers – It is hard for others to understand sometimes, but everyone is willing to relate your career to their own personal experience.
  5. Automatic empathy from others – “I’d never be able to do that” – You’ll hear it often, be proud you can do it!
  6. Guaranteed pick up lines – You’ll hear it many times, “Wow, I wish I had a teacher that looked like you – I would have paid attention”
  7. To serve – Teaching helps you to give back to your community
  8. Freebies – Parents bringing you coffee, students bringing lotions, it’s all a blessing to be thanked.
  9. Build Lifelong Friendships – Your teacher friends will support you for life
  10. You Only Get 1 Year – part A – In 10 months it is your job to bond with a student and prepare them for their future. It’s a challenge and a gift.
  11. You Only Get 1 Year – Part B – If you completely mess up – you get another chance in September with a brand new group of students.
To Read the full article and all 100 reasons to be a teacher, please visit: 100 Reasons to be a Teacher

Picture above is Shana Sterkin, Long Island teacher of the month.


tutor gal said...

What a beautiful list!
These are completely true.

I love sharing experiences with my children (tears, anger, joy, frustration...whatever!)

However, the BEST is when I am able to see the kids have an 'aha' moment!

tutor gal

Alcira said...

Awesome list! I love the work schedule as a teacher we get to be on vacation when others are stuck at work:)
My favorite is sharing, spending time, and learning with the students. Every year is different and every year there is something new that we can learn and take to use with our next class.

Shana said...

Hi! I'm the teacher show in the picture above (Shana Sterkin)! I just came across this blog randomly...this is a great list and I'm proud to have my face on top of it! :)