When I decided to become a teacher back in 1989 these were my reasons:
- I wanted to spend my time making the world a better place, not making myself or others rich.
- I loved learning. What better way to share that joy than to become a teacher
- I loved to create, innovate and problem solve. Teaching would allow me to do this all day, every day.
- I enjoy variety and I was pretty sure primary school teaching would allow this.
Looking back on my reasons, I have to say that every one of them is as true today as they were then. I love teaching because I know I am making a positive difference in the lives of students every day. 20 years on, I continue to find it challenging, creative and varied. I could count on one hand the times I’ve felt bored or haven’t wanted to go to work. It’s hard work. There are long hours, high expectations and a lot of stress. But there is also so much fun and laughter each day.
I love my work because I know it matters. At the end of each day I come home with the knowledge that I’ve done something good, that I’ve helped another person and set students on the path to a better future. I can’t imagine doing anything else.
Are you a teacher? I’d love to hear why you became a teacher and what keeps you in the profession.