Some people toss and turn about the idea of becoming a teacher. They try and weigh the pros and cons and determine if it’s something they’ll enjoy. In order to know if becoming a teacher is a good fit for you, you need to have a basic understanding of all the benefits—and yes, there are plenty more than just summer’s off.
1. Make a difference
If you’re a good teacher, you can have a major impact on the lives and education of your students. Most people have at least one teacher that they truly remember, and it’s because that teacher did such a fantastic job.
When you’re a good teacher, you’ll be able to make a difference in the lives of your students. Whether it be the lessons you taught or getting a child back interested in learning, there are plenty of ways that your teachings can have a positive impact.
2. Experience a wealth of interaction
Teachers interact with many people throughout the day, including students, other teachers and school staff. Having regular conversations on a daily basis is a great way to keep your brain working and make new acquaintances and relationships. Conversing with others can also boost self esteem and make you feel more positive.
3. Enjoy something new everyday
Teachers don’t do the same thing everyday. Every lesson is different from the day before, and every student brings something new to the table everyday. If you don’t want to be stuck in a monotonous drone of a job, then teaching is a great career path. Plus, as a teacher, you may be forced to stick to a certain curriculum, but you have the ability to teach it in your own, fun way.
4. Continue to learn
As a teacher, you will be required to adhere to a certain curriculum, which forces you to continue learning for the rest of your life. You will need to read new books, learn new topics, and understand new technologies in order to continue teaching effectively. The more you teach something, the more you will learn about it, and the more you learn, the more knowledgeable you’ll be.
5. Be there for your children.
The nice thing about a teacher’s schedule is that it is usually pretty close to the schedule of other schools in your area. This allows parents to have the same days off as their children, which allows them to refrain from having to hire a nanny or place their child in daycare. And having these days off also allows you to spend some much needed quality time with your family.
If these benefits sound like something that you would enjoy, you should consider teaching as a career path. From having a major impact on the lives of your students to keeping yourself current on new information every day (and yes, those summers off), being a teacher is a great job that provides a great deal of satisfaction and reward.
About The Author:
Kathryn Thompson is an elementary school teacher and writer. She likes to write about the importance of a good education.