What is the most influential factor in deciding on the role of a teacher?

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There are many factors that might motivate a person to become a teacher. The most influential factor will vary, especially based on what subject and grade a teacher teaches.

However, one of the most influential factors for educators is the desire to share knowledge. Teachers at the secondary level or...

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There are many factors that might motivate a person to become a teacher. The most influential factor will vary, especially based on what subject and grade a teacher teaches.

However, one of the most influential factors for educators is the desire to share knowledge. Teachers at the secondary level or above tend to be experts of sorts in a certain subject like literature or world history. Some people who study those topics go on to other careers, but those who want to share that extensive knowledge with others often gravitate toward the role of a teacher. Similarly, teachers who teach at the elementary level and younger tend to have a desire to shape young minds and guide children through their formative learning years.

Other factors might be influential too, like the job schedule. For instance, people who are parents might decide to become teachers or work in education because they can have a work schedule that mirrors their children’s school schedule. However, reasons like these tend to be secondary to the desire to share knowledge with large groups of people.

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