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Why are you a teacher?Answers from the heart only please.

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pangor | eNoter

Posted March 20, 2011 at 2:49 PM via web

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Why are you a teacher?

Answers from the heart only please.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 20, 2011 at 2:59 PM (Answer #2)

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I am a teacher for two reasons.  First, I enjoy being around high school age students and I enjoy trying to help them get their start in life.  Second, I think I am good at gathering information and passing it on to students in a way that will interest them (some of them, some of the time, of course).  Both of these reasons are vital to me.

I would not want to be a teacher if I didn't think I was good at gathering and passing on information.  I would feel that I was not doing a good enough job (which I already feel whenever a lesson goes badly).  I would lose confidence and would not want to keep trying.,

But what really makes me positively want to be a teacher is the students.  I have taught online classes, for example, and it is nowhere near as rewarding for me.  I prize, above all else, the students who are still in touch with me 10 or more years after they've graduated.  I prize the times when they say that having me as a teacher helped them.  Those are the things that really make teaching worthwhile.  It is the best feeling to know that you have done something to help a young person have a better chance at success in life.

 

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ask996 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted March 27, 2011 at 6:54 PM (Answer #3)

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Okay, from the heart. There are days where I ask myself this question. The teaching profession certainly doesn't pay well, at least not in my school in my area of my state. The hassle and headache of dealing with students who hate school and don't want to be there is certainly challenges that make one question one's decision to teach. However, I teach because challenges or not, I think this is where God has placed me. I teach because I care. I teach because I can. I teach because despite all the headaches that come along with it, I know for some I am making a difference.

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lmetcalf | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted March 27, 2011 at 7:25 PM (Answer #4)

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I am a teacher because I love my subject matter and want to pass that love (or at least like) on to young people.  I had a couple of great English teachers in high school who inspired me to read, and read well, but more importantly they showed their love of their jobs and the craft of teaching.  I hope that my students can say that about me someday.  I especially like that I teach seniors who are still high school students, but who are ready and excited to move forward with their lives.  I love being a part of that as well.

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kapokkid | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 29, 2011 at 3:32 AM (Answer #5)

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I am a teacher because I love teaching, the part where I am interacting with students and trying to figure out ways to help them learn things.  I love English because it gives me the chance to address a huge variety of topics while working on reading and writing skills.  I've realized more and more lately how much I get frustrated by all the other things that go into teaching, grading, meetings, administration, etc. that don't help us when we are trying to help kids learn.  But I love the part with the actual students because it is such an enormous and always changing challenge.

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pammyteacher-rocks | Elementary School Teacher | eNoter

Posted April 4, 2011 at 7:15 PM (Answer #6)

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I'm a teacher because I want to make a difference and some kind of positive impact on society today.  We now live in a world where no one has to do anything for themselves and they want everything given to them.  Children live in homes where they aren't expected to be responsible or accountable which is modeled by their parents, and I want to give them another model to compare.  I want to teach children that life is not easy, but it is what you make of it. I teach my students that if they have a rough life now or aspects of their life that they wish were different then they can definitely change their future. 

I don't share this aspect with my students in depth but I grew up in poverty like many of them with a drug addicted parent.  My brother and I both raised ourselves and have completely changed our path due to our upbringing.  I am my students' cheerleader but I've also been where many of them have been so I push them.  I help them attain the real tools they need in life to become great productive adults.

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megan-bright | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted April 8, 2011 at 3:59 PM (Answer #7)

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Teaching is a field that I feel that I am naturally talented in. I do extremely well explaining information to students, motivating them, and connecting with them. I love being able to use a wide range of various sources to make lessons engaging. I enjoy feeling like I'm an important part in a child's life.

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trophyhunter1 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted April 8, 2011 at 5:56 PM (Answer #8)

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Teaching is a job where you can be very creative. It is a rewarding job when a light shines in your student's eyes because you have guided them to understand a concept and go beyond it. It is a calling in my opinion. It is not for everyone. If someone is self-motivated and likes to be(for the most part) left alone to do their vocation without too much interference, teaching is a great career. It can be frustrating at times and stimulating at other times. You get to try things many different ways in the attempt to perfect your craft. You get to be a kid in a sense because every year you get a summer vacation. You also stay in tune with what young people are interested in, which can also keep you young. Teaching is a two way street- you are a mentor and teacher and you learn something new each day.

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bvanwormer | Elementary School Teacher | eNoter

Posted April 9, 2011 at 6:09 PM (Answer #9)

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I have wanted to teach since 5th grade...no joke. My 5th grade teacher taught in a way that made me want to learn, made me want to find out more. I was very luck and had many teachers like this through out school. I believe that we all have a calling, mine is to teach. God led me to that path very early on (although I didn't realize that for a long time). And even with the challenges that come from teaching in an inner city low income school, I wouldn't change a thing.

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krcavnar | High School Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted April 16, 2011 at 5:06 PM (Answer #10)

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I am a second career teacher.  I moved from a career as an attorney to teaching at an alternative school.  I love social studies - history, government, economics - and I love getting my students excited about the things I love.  I am eager to get up everyday and get to the school to see what  is in store that day.  It may be a fight, many complaints or it may be one student who eyes light up and say "Ohhh.. I get it... its like/when...".  It may be that one student who has refused to give up and finally makes an "A"  - possibly for the first time in his life.  Maybe its those days when my students come back to the campus and say "Ms. C , I wish you were at the main campus. I miss your crazy lectures." Those are the greatest days of my life. 

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 27, 2011 at 8:40 AM (Answer #11)

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I get asked this question all of the time, because I have two advanced degrees. In fact, schools are sometimes suspicious about hiring me because they assume I won't be there long. I have taken breaks from teaching to do research, and in this economy there has been more than one time I considered finding other work. Ultimately there is no alternative. Teaching is in my blood. It's in my heart and soul and as important to me as air. No matter how difficult it is, I know now that I will do it until I can no longer physically stand up and teach. It is my life.
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sihamnano | Student , Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 6, 2011 at 4:30 AM (Answer #12)

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well, iam not a teacher yet, but i will be after my graduation after one year, i've choosen to teach, and esecially the beginners ""who study english for the 1st time" because i want to make a difference, when i was a beginner i haven't took the base, so i want to give my future student every thing i have and know, i will make them love this language as i do, this is why i want to be a teacher even if i can work in auther domains

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nabila25 | Middle School Teacher | eNoter

Posted May 6, 2011 at 6:05 AM (Answer #13)

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I will be a teacher next year

 teaching some thing which is wonderful

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engtchr5 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted May 6, 2011 at 6:41 AM (Answer #14)

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I'd love to give the trite, cliche, and sadly overused answer, "To make a difference," but the real truth is, I like to teach because it allows me a venue for my creativity. Sure, I could become a writer or an artist or an actor, but what other profession allows you to combine all three on a regular basis? Also, there are the intrinsic rewards -- those students whose lives you touch forever, and who come back to see you in 5, 10, even 20 years after they've graduated to say, "Thanks."

I'm also fortunate enough to work at a school where my autonomy is respected as a professional. I don't have micromanagers breathing down my neck or counting the commas in my lesson plans. My work and ideas are given their due credit, even if the pay isn't necessarily that great. Yes, I wish, like so many other educators, that I was paid the "big bucks" for doing what I do, but at the end of the day, it's really not about the money. It's about the overall value of the work itself -- it's about (dare I say it?) making a difference.

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nabila25 | Middle School Teacher | eNoter

Posted May 6, 2011 at 10:45 AM (Answer #15)

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I'm not a teacher but I want to be a good  teacher  next year not any teacher because the teaching profession  has a big respensability toward generations and the good teacher must be responsable at first

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creativethinking | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

Posted May 8, 2011 at 6:05 PM (Answer #16)

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Many people think of teaching as a thankless, underpaid profession that truly smart people should steer clear of. I had a professor during my undergraduate career actually tell me that I was "too good to waste myself" on a career teacher high school. YIKES. But I am three years into my teaching career and I am adamant about the fact that teaching is the best career on earth, because it is so fulfilling. A teacher gets to literally witness minds opening, skills developing, and children growing into adults. I love coming to work every day with some type of creative approach or new thing for students to think about and discuss. I get to celebrate my love of literature and writing, but more than that, I get to celebrate my students' achievements alongside them. You can't put a price on hearing a sixteen year-old kid say, "This is the best thing I've ever written. I didn't even think I could write something this good." It may sound cliche, but teachers do indeed shape the future one child at a time. Teaching, for those with the willpower to stay positive, energetic, and committed, is an incredibly joyful career. (Oh, and there's plenty of stimulating endeavors for super-intelligent teachers: action research, grant writing, professional development, teacher leadership, curriculum development...)

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amp12345 | Elementary School Teacher | eNoter

Posted May 15, 2011 at 3:33 PM (Answer #17)

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I am a teacher because I want to make a positive impact on students.  I have a geniune love of learning and want to pass that on to students.  When students see a teacher who loves the material and wants to learn more, they become intrigued as well.  This fall, as we have begun learning about various subjects, I find my students taking their free computer time to look up more about the Social Studies or Science topic we were working on at that time.  Seeing this fire lit in them makes all of the hard work of teaching worth it!

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enotechris | College Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted May 20, 2011 at 5:41 PM (Answer #18)

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Why teach?  If I've done my job correctly, I've taught someone how to learn.  Learning, as the bromide goes, is a lifelong process, but there's a deep truth to that -- to teach and have a student begin to learn about things he or she may not find interesting means acceptance of the process of learning.  Why is that important? Because the more I've learned, even in topics I don't necessarily care for, the more I've discovered how my existence relates to the workings and events of this planet we inhabit. What I discover about the challenges and resolutions of those who've gone before me serves to inspire whatever challenges I find in my own life, and may give a bit of wisdom into how to meet those challenges. If I can impart the tool of learning to a student, I've shown them how to meet the challenges of their own lives.

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askteacherz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted May 21, 2011 at 3:55 AM (Answer #19)

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Money; Respect & Career Advancement Opportunity... These are qualities one might find attractive when looking over a job posting BUT any teacher will surely agree you find them in this profession! However, having taught 19 years of US History in Middle School and already looking forward to my 20th there is NO BETTER profession in the world. Every single day a teacher is given the opportunity to inspire others, laugh, learn, have fun and lead. In the teaching profession one can truly change the world in which we live. The rewards of teaching are limitless yet most times unnoticed. At the end of each and every day I go home thinking of ways I can do my work more effectively and in a more motivating manner but totally and completely fulfilled. Teach if you want a self-fulfilling career that does change society; but find something else if you seek financial rewards, societal respect and career advancement...
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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted June 1, 2011 at 11:39 PM (Answer #23)

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It is very hard to separate the person and the teacher.  The values, morals, and methodologies one has as a person and as a teacher intertwine so intricately, that is in difficult to find the exact point at where one ends and the other begins.  The concept of caring is also intricately woven throughout the personal and professional being I am as a teacher.    A person who cares in life is a person who cares in their profession as well.  Therefore, my personal and professional goals as a teacher are inseparable.   As much as caring should be part of my practice, I want to cultivate a caring capacity in my students as well.  I want my students to know that not only do I care about them as my students; I care about them as people as well.  I want them to know I am not here to “do a job” or claim a paycheck.  I am here, with them, because I honestly care about them and their future. I will not be satisfied in reaching only one or two students.  I want to reach them all.  My goal is to touch their lives, their minds, and their futures.

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