“She speaks with gentle authority. The kind words that she ushered in made me whistle with wisdom and confidence.” I can still recall the words of one of my students. This seems to be an innocent remark coming from a brilliant mind.
Surely, it is from the one who has a heart for a teacher like me. This is perhaps one of the reasons why teaching has been embedded in my soul. Certainly, why I chose to become a teacher is among the questions I ought to answer as a source of genuine inspiration.
Should I become a teacher someday? This was then my intelligent query when I was in high school. Could I be one of the inspiring teachers of tomorrow? Similarly, this can also be a question for those who want to pursue education as their major.
One of the big doubts that harbored in me before, had something to do with commitment and dedication. Would I be that committed to nurturing young minds? Oh, well I didn’t expect that the answer would be a resounding ‘YES’.
Are you looking for motivation to feel the essence of the teaching profession? Here are awe-inspiring ways to make a difference in the lives of your learners – teach from the heart.
Choosing the Right Career
In certain aspects, choosing one’s profession is highly overwhelming. The importance of choosing the right career path has been one of the concerns of parents, too. They have to guide their children in choosing which career path to follow. Even so, you still have the final say.
Nonetheless, to be successful in one’s endeavor, for me, one should have the full interest, aptitude, soft skills, and passion. Choices can be insurmountable if you are not focused and decisive enough. This was the very reason that I did self-assessment before I chose the right career. Hence, I became a full-fledged teacher. I chose to become a teacher not because anyone else wanted it for me, but because it’s my passion.
Among all other professions, teaching has been hailed as the noblest. The creation of professionals lies in the hands of the teacher as they say. Hence, I chose to become one.
I am thankful for the inspiration that I got from my teachers. I could still remember my teacher in high school who did her best to bring out the best in me. I really acknowledged her hard work to help me reach my full potential. Furthermore, her good examples helped me to decide for myself.
Actually, I didn’t realize it at first. But, when I became a teacher myself, I thought she helped me boost my self-confidence and for me, it’s the beginning of everything. However, there are still other awe-inspiring reasons why I always wanted to become a teacher.
Are you a teacher like me? I am considering putting together my best reasons that will serve as a light to the path you are currently taking. In pursuing education as a career, there should not be any repercussions and doubts. Teaching is a self-fulfilling profession because it’s also a vocation. Most importantly, I am speaking from experience.
That is why I am very certain that the thought of A.P.J. Abdul Kalam that “teaching is a very noble profession for it shapes the character, caliber, and future of an individual”, is definitely true.
7 Reasons Why I Chose to Become a Teacher
Here are six amazing reasons why I wanted to become a teacher. To my fellow teachers out there and to future teachers as well, read on and find them really valuable and extremely inspiring.
1. Teaching is not just a profession but a mission
All of us here on earth are created with a mission. We are great stewards of all other creations. Teaching is not just all about creating brilliant minds but also molding individuals with strong morals and virtues. Producing students with heart and soul is among the great parts of this mission.
Hence, I say teaching is not just a profession but also a mission. I chose to become a teacher because I wanted to have a pure experience of this mission. I have talked to some of my colleagues and they told me that teaching has indeed changed their lives.
Kudos to those teachers because they don’t ever regret their choice. Every educator can attest to the fact that teaching students with morals and knowledge is not as easy as 1,2,3. Thus, not everyone is given the chance to become molders of the young. It requires great passion and devotion.
Educating the world is mainly entrusted to the teachers. We are then tasked to make this world a better place to live in by making an impact on the lives of our students.
Every child in our class is entrusted to us to become well-educated and to become responsible citizens. We are indeed to help the young individual entrusted to us to become more human. This spells out the mission of the teaching profession.
2. Teaching is a great fulfillment
Shaping the future of humans needs genuine influence and selfless strategies. For each and every educator, teaching has been a great scenario of self-fulfillment. As a teacher, it is my great responsibility to build the personality of my students. I should equip them with life skills that will help them face the challenges in the competitive arena.
This is what makes teaching really rewarding and fulfilling. Molding children to be great citizens in the future has never been easy. However, with the great devotion of our teachers, great passion is transformed into action.
Seeing students with remarkable achievements and become responsible citizens is indeed a great achievement for teachers. Great things happen because the teacher’s passion is paired with purpose and action.
To be an inspiration for the next generation is such a great fulfillment. God made it sure that every day of our life as a teacher we are interacting and working with the precious gems of the world – the children. They are the hopes of the world and we are instruments to make them really deserving to be honored as such.
3. Teaching is a great opportunity to learn
Teaching is learning. As they say, once a teacher, forever a student. This is because teachers never stop learning. We acquire more experience and knowledge than any other professionals in the world. Our Bachelor’s degree is not a guarantee that we are a jack of all trade fellows.
There’s an immensely great need for us to upgrade ourselves with the latest trends in education or else we tend to be so outdated. Each and every day we are learning from the subject we teach and from our students as well.
Therefore, I should say that teaching is lifetime learning.
Introducing a topic is also a great opportunity to learn new avenues. In a real teaching-learning scenario, students are encouraged to ask questions and to interact with one another for collaborative learning.
We are to present new concepts and ask them sensible questions that will arouse their curiosity.
On my end, I usually let the students do a think-pair-share strategy to give them the opportunity to react and interact. Knowing that our students these days are very inquisitive and so we can as well model the art of questioning.
Teachers make their discussions really interactive so students will get interested to delve deeper. Hence, teachers illustrate knowledge and skills through exemplary teaching. The result is both in-depth learning for the teacher and students. It is indeed a win-win strategy.
Moreover, topics are best learned when they are taught. Concepts and practices are shared with a great purpose of learning which is firmly entrenched in the teaching career.
Most of the time, students are engaged if lessons are carefully planned by the teacher. In doing so, the teacher has to prepare beforehand and study the concepts before introducing them to the learners.
Mastery of the subject matter is a must for teachers. Accordingly, standing in front of the students requires confidence.
Hence, a teacher has to be equipped with the skills to dispense knowledge to the learners. That is why teaching is indeed an opportunity to learn.
Therefore, I say, I have always liked being a teacher. It’s because I want to learn every day.
4. Teaching offers varied opportunities
In school, every day should be a new day. Each day should unfold a meaningful learning opportunity for each learner. Monotony should never be the mood in the class. A teacher has to acknowledge the individual differences of the learners.
Learning opportunities have to be varied to tailor-fit to the learning styles of each of the learners. These learners are endowed with utmost vitality and curiosity. In other words, varied opportunities for learning should be evident in class.
Every day in class should always be a new day. The teacher has to showcase something different from the last meeting. Otherwise, the young people in your class will be bored to death.
Therefore, they should not linger to the ho-hum of the daily regimen. Teachers are versatile and so they can produce something unique in class no matter what. This makes your class routines really unpredictable.
Teaching is indeed an opportunity to create an impact in the lives of young individuals. The impact teachers create will forever remain and heartily treasured. I chose to teach because I want to enable the students to become responsible learners and to develop their abilities.
In particular, I am preparing a range of activities and expect a variety of outcomes. Moreover, in making yourself capacitated as a teacher, you are enriching yourself with the good qualities of an efficient teacher.
Not only that, but a highly motivated teacher also has the unique opportunity of making a difference in the lives of the learners. Helping the students to learn skills, concepts, and values is a stepping stone to shaping the lives of young people. It’s highly rewarding to see our students very successful.
Inspiring and mentoring them should be part of your motivation. I believe inspiring our students to be the best that they can be is indeed an opportunity. Subsequently, I get into teaching.
Every day, I feel capacitated to convey my enthusiasm to teach. Likewise, my learners nurture the same enthusiasm in the name of progress and lifelong learning.
5. Teaching is fun
Being in the teaching profession really makes a difference. As a teacher, I get to be anybody. I have to become an actress, a public speaker, a guidance counselor, a doctor, a stand-up comedian, and many more.
As teachers, we get to enjoy what we are doing. We should offer a really fun environment and it should exude from ourselves. We get to laugh and to make teaching really fun and enjoyable.
Seeing that our students are enjoying it in every way makes this career really rewarding. Each day is a new day. Teachers are great actors to offer new possibilities enjoyably.
There is never a dull moment for an efficient and effective teacher. An effective teacher always makes the learners the center of the teaching-learning process.
Learning a new skill should be a big part of the scheme. This is what keeps the whole scenario really interesting and exciting. Personally, to make the class more candid and real, I join the laughter and this will make my day.
Moreover, witnessing my students’ growth and improvement truly inspired me to move about each day with a pretty smile on my face. Undeniably, teaching makes learning fun and enjoyable.
6. Teaching is a profession
In my experience, being an educator, I consider myself very lucky for I am in the teaching profession. It is considered one of the most demanding yet the most rewarding professions in the workforce today.
I am glad that I am gifted with a lifelong career opportunity. Along with its demands of great sacrifice and commitment, are the benefits and rewards. I take with pride one of the most sought professions.
Notwithstanding the great challenges that we teachers may face in a real work scenario, still, the devotion of letting young people know that they can be anything they want to be is one of our best agenda every day. Seeing happy countenances inspires us, teachers, to continue keeping the flame of knowledge and wisdom.
Over and over again, we are never tired of letting our students know that they can do it and that they can make a difference in the world. This is the essence of this profession.
Teaching is the profession of inspiration for the next generation. Being a teacher for more than ten years, I still couldn’t declare that I have reached the zenith. There’s still more to uncover. There are still more learning experiences waiting to unfold.
7. Teaching is love.
“Teachers have 3 loves: love of learning, love of learners, and the love of bringing the first two loves together.” – Scott Hayden
The grand agenda of teaching is a great work of love. What does love have to do with teaching?
Love and compassion for teaching are best explained in the book, Love and Compassion: Exploring Their Role in Education. Written by John Miller, M.A.T. ’67, the book fills the gap of thought on how love affects the teaching and learning process. Miller declares that love is the ultimate motivator of educators to spread knowledge and wisdom.
Teaching is more effective if teachers love what they are doing. This makes me reflect on my own actions. Being in the teaching profession for years, I received feedback from students before that really warmed my heart. This made me say that I really love teaching because I don’t just develop skills but also make a difference in the lives of my students.
I teach with patience and understanding. I believe these two attributes are brought about by love. Thus, I surmise, teaching is love.
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Being an educator, it is my great pride and honor to become an inspiration to the young. As I literally touch the lives of the young, I deem it very necessary to continue upholding the school’s mission and vision. If my former students would remember and thank me because I have become part of their well-being, it gives me a total sense of pride and great happiness.
This makes me recall one of my best students in high school who is now also a teacher like me. To my surprise, she once visited me where I live because I transferred to another city. I didn’t know that I really made a difference in her life. She told me that my dedication really inspired her to become an English teacher just like me.
Tears fell when I saw her because the last time we saw each other was during her graduation in high school. I never thought I would be that inspiring to her. Isn’t this notable? Do you have a piece to share?
I have changed lives. I will continue to impact the world’s future. I’m committed to always making a difference. Surely, it is the right career path for me. What about you? Do we have the same reasons for choosing this lifetime journey?