A true teacher knows that is what he wants to do. There are many people who teach that do not belong in the profession for one reason or another. However, the "teacher" probably knew somewhere along his schooling that this was where he wanted to work.
It demands broad knowledge of subject matter, curriculum, and standards; enthusiasm, a caring attitude, and a love of learning; knowledge of discipline and classroom management techniques; and a desire to make a difference in the lives of young people. With all these qualities required, it's no wonder that it's hard to find great teachers.
I do not necessarily believe that teacher are born. On the other hand, I do think that there are innate qualities that the teacher has that will enable him to become a true educator.
- Strength of character
- Love of learning
- Sense of humor
- Positive attitude toward life
- High expectations
With these qualities in his bag of tricks, the teacher is on his becoming successful.
Teaching is truly a noble profession. It is also a very time consuming one, requiring a commitment on his part. Teaching can be very demanding but can also be extremely rewarding. It is one of the most valuable jobs in the world because of the product that comes as a result of a good teacher.
A love of children would have to be one of the reasons that teachers teach. Wanting to help them, watch them grow intellectually, and preparing them for the next step in their lives--this is a necessary desire for a real teacher.
Teachers are passionate about being involved in the future. Teachers have a quest for lifelong learning. Wanting to know more so they can share that information is an absolute necessity for teachers.
Helping to change the face of education becomes a lifetime's challenge. The community believes that teachers have an easy schedule. Let them teach high school English for two weeks. Everyday, there are papers to grade. Almost every night, a portion of the evening is spent marking papers. Teachers do have summers off; however, they are not paid for that time.
There are many negative facets in the life of a teacher. Obviously, the teacher has to want to be an educator in order to face those problems every day. I agree with the previous answer that it is an extremely stressful job. The pay is poor, the administration is not always supportive, and the parental problems grow each year.
The teacher is like an actor; he is on stage the entire time he is in the classroom. Not that he becomes someone else...the teacher is a performer, a motivator, an entertainer, an informant. When students are around, the teacher must set an example of how to act in all situations. There are very few minutes of the day that a teacher can just sit back and chill. That is not the life of a teacher in the school setting.
Yet, looking at those eager students' faces waiting for the teacher to share the information with them brings rewards that cannot be found in other professions. Knowing that one has made a difference in a child's life keeps a teacher coming back each day despite the ten other things that went wrong the day before.
In my life after forty-one years of teaching, I can say that when I was in high school I knew that I would be a teacher. I really wanted to be a lawyer, but I was from a small town and my family was middle class. From the beginning of my career, I knew that I was a good teacher--tough, challenging, demanding, but fair. I was in it for the long haul.