You should consider becoming a teacher because …
1. It’s not just a jobTeaching is not something to just pay the bills. It’s not a profession where you count down the hours left in the day. It’s a career, but it’s still much more than that. By becoming a teacher, you’re leaving a lasting legacy on the world by providing love and support to children. You’re giving them the tools to live happy and productive lives.
“Great teachers recognize that what they do is simply who they are.”“Great teachers recognize that what they do is simply who they are,” retired teacher Jeaninne Escallier Kato says. “They understand that teaching is an extension of who they were meant to be.” “I love teaching because teaching allows me to give a child the experience of someone who really gets them and accepts them for who they are, without making them bad or wrong. So often kids don’t have that person in their life, especially if they’re problem kids. And I feel that it’s an honor to be that person,” says Rebecah Freeling, an early childhood education director.
2. You can leverage your strengthsWhy become a teacher? Because you likely have some of the common qualities successful teachers share. As a parent, you’ve already mastered the art of resourcefulness. Raising a family also takes patience and planning. Plus, you already know how to communicate effectively with children. All of these qualities are essential to be a successful teacher, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Resourcefulness can be extremely helpful to teachers when you’re putting together lesson plans and projects with limited supplies. Channel your creativity to make lessons interesting and different for your students. Of course, communication is vital to reaching students of all backgrounds and learning preferences too. Your strong communication abilities will also come in handy when interacting with parents. Patience is also necessary when working with children. You cannot give up when some teaching strategies may not work with every student.
3. It offers job securityIf you’re thinking about becoming a teacher, you won’t have to worry too much about job security. Even in times of economic struggle when other industries cut back, teachers will always be needed. In fact, teaching is one of the most secure professions during a recession, according to US News. Job prospects for elementary school teachers are predicted to be on par with the rest of the workforce, while those for early childhood educators are expected to grow faster than average, according to the BLS. What’s more is that many teachers are expected to retire in the next decade, opening up positions for up-and-coming teachers.
4. Working with kids is rewardingWhy work with stressed out adults when you can fill your days surrounded by fun, enthusiastic, honest and genuinely curious youngsters? Kids are cute and you may just find yourself growing attached to your students as you learn and grow together. Even the more challenging students will leave a lasting impact on you. Take for instance Freeling’s experience with a challenging student, Adam. “Five-year-old Adam was physically and emotionally volatile. He had gotten kicked out of multiple schools before he arrived in my classroom. Adam usually resisted me when I held him to appropriate behavior. He accused me of being mean and would lash out. But I could also see in the way he greeted me in the morning or gravitated toward me that he trusted and liked me too. “Later on I left the school and lost touch with Adam. I then ran into him at a spring festival. He didn’t have much to say, but the long, strong hug he gave me said it all. His hug told me that he saw me as a teacher who recognized him, respected him and loved him.”
5. You get to be a lifelong learner
“I love to learn and my students teach me something new every day.”Why else might you want to become a teacher? Because you get to spend your career cultivating a love of learning in your students. To teach you must know, so if you enjoy learning new things or researching, you’ll love creating new lesson plans for your classroom. Your flexibility and ability to make lessons fun and accessible to your students are the hallmarks of a good teacher. You’ll also pass along to your students this passion and curiosity, and you never know what insights and perspectives they’ll provide in return. “I love to learn and my students teach me something new every day,” teacher Jeanie Cisco-Meth says.