Teachers, do you like what you do? And if so can you explain what you like about your job?
I am looking to be a teacher, and I believe it will be nice and informing to know what other teachers think about their job, Thanks!
I do like what I do - I am a 4th grade teacher (ELAR & Social Studies) at a smaller charter school. We are different than a public school in that we receive less funding from the state but we have more freedom in the choices we make as a campus. For example, all of our students wear uniforms and we are a Leader In Me campus, so we focus on teaching leadership skills to empower our students.
The kids are always my favorite part of the day. I love to see them engaged in what we're doing and making new connections, new discoveries. I do my best to make lessons interactive - that way, I get to learn new things, too. The students often make amazing contributions and they tend to look at things with a fresh perspective. My kids give tons of smiles, high fives and hugs. Recess is fun, too!
I have to admit, teaching can be a lot of work. I don't always love grading, lesson plans, data - but I do understand the importance. I would say that if you genuinely love kids and love learning new things, teaching can be an amazing career!
Sheryl recommends the following next steps:
I LOVE teaching. I do not always like all of the paperwork, but the actual teaching brings me joy. It is wonderful to help a student finally understand something he/she has been struggling with. I have taught ELA/Reading/Math/Science/Social Studies, both regular education and special education. I prefer working with special education and at-risk students. The greater the challenge, the greater the reward. You will never get rich teaching, but it is nice to go to work every day and enjoy your work.
I love being a teacher. I love it because I'm in a position to give students knowledge that they will be using for the rest of their life. I'm a Math tutor and I'm excellent at what I do. When any child comes to me either in the beginners stage or if the child is struggling to grasp advanced topics, I teach in such a way that their fundamentals become so strong that they not only start loving Math, but also want to take advanced topics. This gives them confidence to tackle not only their school Math but also work on other higher advanced subjects like APs in Physics, Comp. Sci. etc and also do well on their SAT/ACTs.
When the students come to me and say that they did well even without getting the results, it shows confidence and courage and that's my reward. Of course, when they actually get results the smiles on their faces is what makes my work worth everything effort!
Of course, I didn't come to this stage in a day/month. It took me couple of years to refine my skills, my teaching methodology . So, I had to work very hard.
Hope this helps. Good luck with your education and career. Let me know if you need any other info.
Teachers and schools always say "lifelong learner," which is one of the best ideals to carry with you into the classroom. Some of the best teachers out there are the ones who don't yet know but are willing to learn. Students want to feel as if they are on the learning journey together with their teachers and mentors and that is what is at the heart of education.
I strongly recommend that you think about visiting and volunteering in classrooms, talking to teachers, and generally learning about education. It's a wonderful profession with so much to offer to both students and teachers. Feel free to ask any questions!
Hi there, Ryan!
I LOVE what I do! I teach 8th grade English Language Arts and Reading, so I get to explore all different kinds of reading material with my students. It is an incredible experience to witness them connecting to things that we read together in class. There are so many other things that I enjoy as well, like seeking out new and exciting ideas for lesson plans and rearranging my classroom seating every once in a while to keep things interesting, or facilitating activities that feel like games, but are really learning opportunities (shhhh... don't tell my students!). The BEST part about what I do however, is getting to know my students as people-- their likes/dislikes, their goals and dreams, their opinions about things going on in the world, their personal experiences... Sometimes I think I learn more from them than they do from me (don't tell them that either!). One of the best pieces of advice I believe I can give someone who is considering being a teacher is to find ways to enjoy your kids and make it fun while at the same time meeting all of the requirements of your grade level/course content. Best of luck to you!
I love teaching! I have been teaching and training students for 34 years now and it never gets old or boring! Firstly it is so rewarding seeing someone grow from having little or no knowledge to being skilled because you were their teacher. There is no greater reward than that.
Next teaching is never boring because you are working with people so there are always new experiences to be had. You never know what the students or the day will bring which for me is exciting!
Finally you never stop learning yourself when you are a teacher. Whether it is innovation in your field or working with a new student that brings a different perspective to the class you are always growing in knowledge and broadening your mind and heart. Such a rewarding job!
Have you ever tried to teach someone something you can do and they can't? Try it....if you enjoyed the experience then teaching may be in your blood.
Elizabeth recommends the following next steps:
Patrick recommends the following next steps:
There is so much to love about teaching. As a teacher, you work with caring and curious professionals who work to create a community for the students. In the classroom, you are interacting with and shaping the minds of students while their interests and perspectives constantly show you new ways of seeing the world. Teaching is a very rewarding job because you also see student growth and personal growth--and not always in expected ways. The teaching profession continues to sustain year in and year out.
Cindy recommends the following next steps:
Most teachers use their knowledge mix it with imagination to make their students recognize they possess abilities, strength, courage that nobody else's have. And through team work, class participation, one on one assistance they can see the results and achievements in every project.
I have been a friendly teacher for almost 15years now and seeing many successful students whom I have taught following my professional line and being successful in other professions makes teaching awesome and worthwhile as a chosen field for me.