The joys of being a teacher are unsurpassable and the lessons taught will last a lifetime for willing minds and hearts.
While the teaching profession may not possess the most attractive paycheck, the reward of money is compensated with the bond and knowledge you share with your students. Those who truly have a passion for teaching, gain a personal fulfillment both emotionally and spiritually. Teaching is a calling, teaching is a profession of purpose, and it is a selfless profession because you are not working for your own gain, but for the gain of others.
Yes, teaching might require taxing hours of grading or preparing for a new day’s class activity. It holds some of its own challenges, whether it’s a delinquent in class or an altogether uncooperative batch of students. Teaching can be difficult, but the amount of respect, appreciation and praise outweigh drawbacks when a truly passionate teacher goes to class every day and does the thing he/she loves doing best. All the hard work becomes worthwhile when students interact with you, when students learn from you, and most of all, when students look up to you. It is a noble profession, a profession that will touch lives in the sincerest of ways. A teacher can become a good mentor as well as friend.
You can never say that teachers are merely passing on their knowledge and the knowledge ends there. Teachers are creative individuals because they are always learning. Creating lessons plans, weekly activities, as well as having the opportunity to participate in professional development programs courtesy of the school, gives teachers a marvelous chance to enhance their own skills, confidence and teaching abilities.
The greatest men and women in history would not be who they were if not for lifelong values and lessons their teachers instilled in them. Brilliant philosophers and scientists like Aristotle for example, who happens to be the student of Plato, and Plato, whom Socrates was teacher to, would not have been able to produce centuries- old ideologies if not for the influence of their teacher and their teacher’s teacher before that. Doctors, lawyers, architects, are paid with large sums yet teachers fall short of the respect provided.
Teachers make a paramount difference in the world. From providing encouragement, strengthening abilities, to being a simple a shoulder to lean on, teachers may very well be our next parent. As Henry Adams once said, “A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.”