Do you know a great teacher? Have you ever wondered why that teacher chose the profession, why he or she spent four or more years in academic preparation for a career in teaching? There are probably as many reason why teachers enter the profession as there are teachers. But here are five of the most popular reasons teachers teach.
Love of Kids
Ask any teacher what determined the grade level he or she chose to teach and the response is usually the age of the student. Teachers of young students love the freshness, the innocence of their students. The middle school age teachers are serious about shaping young minds and influencing students to make good choices in life, and teachers of upper secondary students believe in shaping pre-adult minds to be productive citizens and leaders.
Love of Subject
Usually, before education majors take a single education course, they already have a particular love for a field of study. They may love biological sciences and then decided to become a teacher. They may love to write or study literature and then decided to become a language arts teacher. Love of subject is why many teachers teach. It’s a personal driving force that influences teachers to want to share that knowledge and love of content area with students.
Love of Teaching
The love of teaching, the creative planning, the pulling together of ideas, the development and organization of curriculum, the fascination of seeing students when they learn something new; these all contribute to love of teaching for most teachers. The ones that lose this love of teaching, sadly burnout and leave the profession, or worse, remain in the profession without desire or drive. But where there is love of teaching, students are inspired by the very inspiration that drives teachers to teach.
Pay and Benefit Incentives
June July, and August are three of the most quoted reasons why teachers choose the teaching profession. Who wouldn’t like three months off the job during the work year? Furthermore, teachers climb the pay scale with every consecutive year’s experience and with additional coursework completed. Teachers receive a livable salary and most teachers also receive health benefits through the school district where they are employed. This employment is under contract and allows the teacher a sense of job security. Pay and benefit incentives are big reasons why teachers teach.
Professional Role Model
Teachers desire to influence those they teach, to make a difference in the world. Making a difference means living a life that projects professional integrity. It means being a role model for their students, influencing the next generation’s values and goals. Teachers teach out of pride in the profession and out of a desire to guide young minds to achieve better things for self and world.
It is love of students, love of subject, love of teaching, the pay and benefit incentives, and the opportunity to be a good role model and make a difference in the lives of those they teach, that influence teachers to do what they do, and that is to teach.