Teaching Sticks With You: There’s No Walking Away From This Job


Teaching Sticks With You: There's No Walking Away From This Job

There’s no shortage of reasons why teachers are leaving the profession in record numbers these days. An over-importance placed on testing, stagnant teacher salaries, and a lack of respect are just a few of them. But for every teacher that leaves, there are 9 more that decide to stay. So what is it about teaching that draws us back year after year? Why do we love this job so much, even if we do complain about it from time to time?

Being around kids keeps you young

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Have you ever watched children playing and wished you could go back to those days? When building a pillow fort or playing dress-up was the epitome of a perfect weekend? The older we get, the more we tend to lose that child-like joy and excitement for the little things. Unless, of course, you’re a teacher! Children are like batteries that run on youthful energy and when we tap into that energy, we forget about being grown up for a while. Being around kids every day is sometimes a way for us to remember what it was like to be a child, and being a child can be pretty awesome.

You’re only given a little spark of madness. If you lose that, you’re nothing.”

-Robin Williams

You get to shape the future

There aren’t too many jobs out there that directly affect the future of our society, but teaching is certainly at the top of the list. It’s our job to not only teach them how to read and write, but to think critically, problem-solve, and be a productive member of society. Giving children the ability to think for themselves and handle their problems in a well thought out way may be the most important part of our job as teachers. It’s certainly one of the most rewarding. Like it or not our students will one day be in charge and arming them with the knowledge they need is a great feeling. 

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Fellow Teachers Are Much More Than Co-workers

Teaching truly is like no other job in the world. It is endlessly stressful and rewarding at the same time, and no one knows those ups and downs like other teachers. Your fellow educators are with you every step of the way going through the same insanity and joy that you go through. That kind of shared experience creates friendships that go far beyond the halls of your school. We are all kindred spirits that can share struggles and successes on a level that no one else can, and the friendships we form are some of the strongest we’ll ever have. Teachers are a peculiar tribe of dedicated individuals that are bonded together and we would be totally lost without each other to lean on and support.

You can change someone’s life forever

There can be no greater gift to give someone than to change the course of their entire life for the better. As teachers, we have that opportunity each and every day. And the best part is you never know where or when or how it’s going to happen. Many of us have at least one story of a student that came back to thank us for the impact we had in their life. What’s beautiful and strange about it is that it’s not always the students you expect. It could be that one student who had to wake up every single day, or who seemingly never listened to a word you say.

I know I wouldn’t be where I am today without my fourth-grade teacher, Mrs. Duncan.”

-Oprah Winfrey

Teachers live for those success stories. They are the ultimate reward for the job we do. We may joke about not getting into teaching for the money, but that’s only because it’s true. If you’re passionate about teaching, it’s because of the joy you feel when a student reaches their full potential or makes a breakthrough that you helped them attain. We really do have the ability to change lives forever, that’s why we come back and why many of us never even think about leaving.

Teaching Sticks With You: There's No Walking Away From This Job

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David Rode

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I'm currently a Middle School Math Teacher which means I'm also a glutton for punishment. Honestly though, I am keenly aware that Middle School is basically the worst 3 years in the life of a child, so it's my mission to make it suck less. I'm also a musician, a community theater, Dad to two amazing children, and I don't get a lot of sleep.

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