It’s no secret that teachers have pretty amazing lives. They work harder than most, but the reward is found in the career itself. It’s not just a job, it’s a true vocation. A life.
If you have the desire to teach, do it! Here are just a few of the countless reasons why teaching is the greatest of all careers.
There are many career fields out there that can become stale with the same tasks repeated every day. Teaching is rare in that there are so many possibilities of change from year to year. Some teachers change schools, grades, courses, and always change students. Variety is the spice of the teaching life.
All the Holidays
We’re not going to perpetuate the myth that teachers have more vacation days than anyone else. If you teach, or know a teacher well, you know those magical built in breaks and holidays are needed. Teachers work ‘round the clock, and they are fortunate to have a lot of the same breaks as their students. This is time to catch up on planning, grading, and putting some focus on personal lives- all things that tend to get lost during the busy school year.
You are Changing Lives
Literally. Teaching is a public service. Your work is to assist your students’ educational growth, and you can never be sure where the limits of this important task lay. How often do successful businessmen, artists, and personalities mention those teachers who made a difference in their lives? All the time. And even if your students never make it to the spotlight, they will be just as important once they find their roles in society, and you helped make it happen.
You are a Celebrity
Any teacher who has ever been caught in public, most likely in line at Starbucks, knows what a stir it creates in their students. Some students have a hard time comprehending that teachers are people who exist outside the school walls, so when they see them in public it’s like seeing a celebrity. Some will try not to stare, others will blatantly stare, and many will run to you, excited to see you. It feels pretty special.
You Get to Work With Kids/Young Adults All Day
The fountain of youth is a myth, unless you’re a teacher. They can be challenging at times, but in the end there is a special joy to be able to interact with children on a daily basis. They have genuine points of view, can be the funniest comedians on the planet, and they need you to teach them. What more could you want?
What are some of the reasons why you believe teaching is the greatest career? We look forward to hearing from you!