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The Top Ten Best Things About Being a Teacher

Sharilee obtained a degree in secondary English education from the University of Calgary. She has taught in Canada for 10 years.


What Is the Best Thing About Being a Teacher?

Quick! What's the best thing about being a teacher? If you are like the majority of people out there, you probably answered "summer holidays!" And this is a great perk of being a teacher, without a doubt, but it is a superficial advantage compared to the much greater, deeper satisfaction that comes from being a teacher.

I have created a list, a little bit tongue-in-cheek, of the greatest things about being a teacher. The list is delivered Letterman-style, with the tenth reason being listed first, and saving the best for last. This is my list. Your list may be different but it's good to think about the good things about being a teacher when you need encouragement. If you are thinking about becoming a teacher, this article will give you an idea of some of the benefits you can expect to enjoy.

Okay, here we go. Countdown's on!

Summer holidays are a well-known perk of teaching but there are far more important things!

Summer holidays are a well-known perk of teaching but there are far more important things!

10. Summer Vacation

Yes! Two months off every year. How we teachers look forward to June, counting down the last few days of the school year in anticipation!

Even the keenest of teachers, most loving and dedicated, look forward to a break. And a long, luxurious break we have. Kind of. Many of us still do prep work during the summer, getting ready for the next year.

But still ... we don't have to officially "go to work." And that IS a pretty sweet deal, no matter how you slice it! So, summer holidays are definitely in the top ten of the best things about being a teacher.

9. Shorter Work Day

One of the most well-known advantages of teaching is the hours. While teachers often put in a lot of extra hours at home, doing preparation and marking student work, they are only obligated to actually be "at work" for a shorter time than most office and corporate jobs. Therefore, there is more opportunity to make their hours fit around a family.

This is a great bonus and does provide great appeal, especially to those individuals who want their work hours to match their children's school hours.

8. Wages and Benefits

The issue of teacher pay is a controversial one. Some political interests complain that teachers get paid too much, and teachers' unions will all agree we get paid too little.

Aside from the politics, though, we have to agree that teaching usually is not a bad-paying gig. It's a job that offers a living wage, in most cases. In most cases, the wage also increases for every year of experience a teacher has, up to a certain limit. That means a guaranteed raise for the first ten years or so.

Benefits are also an excellent reward for being a teacher. Teacher unions can be commended for this one. They have negotiated settlements for their workers that usually include medical, insurance, and good pensions. Teachers are taken care of, and this does not happen in every line of work.

7. The Prestige

For the most part, teachers are well-respected in our society. Teachers work with the young, and most people know they are doing a job that few could do. Yes, there has been controversy in recent years with some political will that seems to question teachers' competence, but overall teachers are usually those who people look up to.

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I am not embarrassed to be a teacher because it is a valuable job that helps people make their way in life. The prestige in teaching comes because the teaching profession is difficult and challenging.

A school can be a place of belonging.

A school can be a place of belonging.

6. Sense of Belonging

One of the basic human needs is a need for belonging, and teaching can provide that. A teacher has a place to go every day, where she is much needed.

A teacher is part of a classroom, which is part of a school, which is part of a school system. As much as we may tire of the bureaucracy, there is a certain comfort in knowing that as a teacher, you belong in that hierarchy.

Every year, you receive your course assignment, and you are that teacher for the year: third grade, grade 10 English ... whatever it is, but it's yours, and you know what your job is, and what your assignment is.

In a Dilbert-like world, teaching provides a refreshing sense of structure that lets teachers know where they belong, and that's a nice feeling.

5. Novelty- No Day Is Ever The Same

Those who have taught know exactly what I mean here. Teaching is NEVER the same from one day to the next. The constant flux of variables: students present in class, student moods, time of year, time of day, other events in the school, the lesson for the day... make this profession a never-ending kaleidoscope of variety and change.

Being a teacher is not a boring job! Frustrating, yes, sometimes. Difficult. Yes. But boring, no! For someone like me, who loves adventure, you go on many journeys right within the walls of your classroom. Journeys of growth as students grow, you grow, and the class as a whole grows.

Lifelong Learning

Teachers never stop learning.

Teachers never stop learning.

4. Lifelong Learning

"Lifelong learning" is one of the buzzwords of today's career development literature. Lifelong learning is one of the biggest requirements for the twenty-first-century worker. Lifelong learning means that a worker can adjust to the constant changes in technology and culture coming our way.

Well, teachers have had this covered far before it became a popular phrase. Teachers have had to learn and develop our skills. It's just part of the job. And the great part of it is, we are actually paid to learn. It's called professional development, and there are several days in the year set aside, simply to grow as a teacher. As well, teachers are paid higher for more education. In other words, a master's degree almost guarantees a higher wage. Now, that does not happen everywhere! And this focus and appreciation of learning is a great perk to being a teacher!

3. The Relationships

The relationships you develop as a teacher are absolutely amazing. You are meeting people at a critical point in their life, and having a chance to build into their lives. It's fantastic! You see your students every day or every other day, and you get to know their minds, and their hearts. It is a great privilege and such a wonderful thing about being a teacher.

As teachers, we will be remembered by students for the rest of their lives. The respect and love we show in the classroom have an impact on students' view of themselves, their other relationships, and their futures. Relationships are one of the three best reasons for being a teacher.

2. Sense of Purpose

I believe that teaching is a calling and that calling gives great purpose to one's life. It is building people and helping them become more of what they are meant to be. I do not know of anything more fulfilling than knowing you have taught a good lesson, that was understood. Teaching is giving yourself to others, pouring out your knowledge and wisdom, to be used up by the students. It is helping, first the mind, but also the heart.

Teachers play a vital role, alongside the parent, in shaping the young people of our nation. And that has to be one of the greatest purposes there is.

The "lightbulb moment" is the best thing about teaching!

The "lightbulb moment" is the best thing about teaching!

1. The Lightbulb Moment

Duh, duh! If articles could be auditory, I would insert a drum roll here ... like Paul Shaeffer from the David Letterman. Perhaps you can provide the drum roll in your head, but here goes ... the NUMBER ONE GOOD THING ABOUT TEACHING IS ... the light bulb moment! The best thing about being a teacher is seeing students learn, seeing them "get it."

That moment is what makes it all worthwhile: the prep work, the hassles, and the planning. When what you planned the night before, makes a connection with a student, and they learn something they did not know before. They get it, and it's a beautiful sight! That is what teaching is about, and that is what real teachers teach for.


Questions & Answers

Question: Can you provide a list of positive things about being a teacher?

Answer: This article is a list of positive things about being a teacher.


Kylen Dixon- Nier on October 03, 2019:

Teachers are the best thing in the world. Im im 7th gread.

Shakira on July 02, 2018:

I'm not a teacher yet, but for me, it would definitely be the relationships. I would absolutely LOVE the privilege of being with children :)

maree on March 04, 2018:

i would totally love to be a teacher

shalifu on June 12, 2017:

am a student teacher but finding it hard to make my student understand chemistry

reanna on May 17, 2017:

i like being a teacher

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on July 25, 2014:

@Kerlund74, I am glad that you found it inspiring. Thanks for the comment.

@Stephanie, I am happy I could inspire you to keep going. It is a noble calling, and it's good to hear you are not giving up. Take care.

kerlund74 from Sweden on February 21, 2014:

A fantastic list:) Makes me wan't to be a teacher, I think teachers have one of the most important job in the world.

Stephanie Constantino from Fountain, CO on October 06, 2013:

This was such a good hub... I currently have my teaching license, but I had my first child a month after I graduated. I had to put off my entry into the teaching world. It's articles like this that keep me inspired and looking forward to my career. I am so excited to get started, and I am most definitely looking forward to those "light bulb" moments! Great Job!

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on August 12, 2013:

Carcro, thank you so much for your kind words! And I think sometimes teaching your own kids is harder than other people's kids. Have a great night!

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on August 12, 2013:

@Mairead, I appreciate your comment so much. I will go ahead and make the change to that paragraph because you are so right in saying that either men or women might want to match their hours with their kids' school schedule.

I apologize for not including males in the sentence.

Paul Cronin from Winnipeg on July 18, 2013:

A good teacher is worth there weight in gold! I can't tell you how hard is it to teach my kids anything, so hats off to the teaching profession... Great article!

mairead on July 16, 2013:

stopped reading here: "This is a great bonus, and does provide great appeal, especially to women who want their work hours to match their children's school hours." WTF?!? What about men who want their work hours to match their children's school hours?

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on March 10, 2013:

Mai, thank you so much for your comment. I agree with you on all of your points. Teaching takes a lot of time in my country and area, too. And it is all for the kids -- I agree.

Mai on March 06, 2013:

I guess teaching differs from country to country, state to state. From where I'm from, a teacher's working hours is not short. Nope...nada! Holidays ends up being the same as those working in the corporate sector because they actually block out part of the school vacation for teachers to come down to work. And shorter hours...puhleeeese! Not happening here. I will reach my school at 7-7:15am and will only leave after 5pm (on a good day). On a bad day, I will leave at 7-7:30pm. 12 whole hours in school is not short. It is longer than those who have a 9-5 job. And with education systems everywhere continuously changing, the only satisfaction you truly get is the impact you have on the kids. At the end of the day, the things that you do is for the kids.

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on September 05, 2012:

@Satheesh , thank you so much for the comment. Yes, good teachers do cost money.

@Sathya, you are so right! Teachers are the same whatever country they are in. Take care.

@S. divya dharshin, I like that saying! Thanks for the comment.

satheesh on September 04, 2012:

teachers are the best but they take more money

sathya on September 04, 2012:

east or west teachers are the best

s. divya dharshini on September 04, 2012:

twinkle twinkle little star teachers are the super stars

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on August 10, 2012:

Dude, I appreciate you taking the time to comment! Most teachers are definitely not in it for the money. Many teachers could make a lot more in the corporate world. Most are in it to help the kids.

And about doing it for free. Most people do need to earn a living, so that's not really realistic. Take care!

dude on August 05, 2012:

Sorry, but isn't every teacher in it for the money? Find me a teacher that would do the job for free.

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on May 17, 2012:

Julie, I appreciate your comment and you using this article a source. I'm not sure what you're asking for, but I wish you all the best on your project!

Julie McCabe on May 15, 2012:

hi! i enjoid your artilce but i still am having trouble.. see im doing a project on what i want to be when i grow up all i have is 2 out of 10 interesting facts! do you think you can help me?

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on April 12, 2012:

Duchess, yes, I taught for nine years. I am now a ESL Tutor and know that teaching is far from perfect. In our jurisdiction, some teachers do indeed take classes during the school year but not every teacher does. They also often do a lot of prep during the summer months.

Our schedule, officially, was from 8:30-3:30, still shorter than an office workday. And I usually worked about 50-60 hours a week. Yes, I am very aware of the facts but this was an article I wrote to just remind myself of the good. Thank you so much for your comment.

And no, not everyone has respect for teachers. Respect is sorely lacking, in general, for much of society. But I do think that decent people do respect teachers. I am sorry. It sounds like you had a bad experience. Mine wasn't the best, either, but I wrote this to remind myself of what the good parts were. Thank you so much, and I did not mean to be misleading in any way -- there are other articles about the problems -- this was one was meant for inspiration.

By the way, I taught for nine years: three years in First Nations communities where the dropout rate was astronomical and every class had a high percentage of special needs. And also for two years at a at-risk high school where I had students with extreme behavioural problems and extreme politics that contradicted itself at every turn. Yes, I am a teacher.

Rebecka Vigus from Nancy KY on April 12, 2012:

Were you or are you a teacher??? You have some erroneous facts. 1)There is no such thing as a two month vacation for teachers. Most teachers spend six weeks of the summer in classes to keep their certification up to date. 2) I'm not sure what hours you work but my official schedule was from 8:20 am to 4pm. I usually arrived at 7:30am to get my day ready prior to mandatory staff meetings. I rarely got out of the building before 4:15pm. 3) Not sure where you find respect. Teachers are not treated as professionals and are daily bashed in the media.

I know all this because I taught 28.5 years in special education k-8. I also taught developmental reading and writing at the community college level for 8 of those years. Yes, I had respect from the parents and students I worked with. From administration and the public at large, I was seen as a baby-sitter.

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on April 11, 2012:

Vellur, you are so right. Teachers help people get an education, so they can pursue their dreams and ambitions. We have all teachers that we owe so much to. Thank you so much for your kind comment. Take care!

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on April 11, 2012:

Loved your reasons and enjoyed reading. The light bulb moment makes being a teacher wothwhile. Without teachers where would we be, without the required qualifications, who will get a job. Teaching is a nobel profession. Voted up.

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on March 20, 2012:

Louramano, thank you for stopping by. Yes, teaching is also a very responsible job and requires a great deal of commitment. Take care.

louromano on March 15, 2012:

NIce points..Being a teacher is also responsible job. Great!

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on March 11, 2012:

Freemarketing, I completely agree. This was a top ten list, with holidays and hours being #10, in other words, the least important. The three most important were relationships, the sense of purpose and the lightbulb moments. That was the point: that people think of holidays being the best things about teaching, but there are far more important things.

As for myself, I spent hours and hours, into the midnight hour, teaching, and usually spent one month of my summer preparing for the next year. I actually wrote this hub to remind myself about the great things about teaching, when I was feeling very burnt out. Teaching is a very hard profession, and this was intended to remind teachers of some of the good things, amidst all of the challenges. I wrote it in general to encourage teachers.

Thanks for your comment.

freemarketingnow from California on March 11, 2012:

The things you write don't apply to all teachers. At some schools, like KIPP, you work normal hours like any other profession (715-5pm + taking phone calls from students until 8pm). I think the best thing about teaching is the relationships and seeing the alums from your class many years down the line actually making something of their lives. If you're in it for the hours or the vacations, then my opinion is that you're really in it for the wrong reasons.

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on February 28, 2012:

Jaydeck, there seems to have been some political will in the States lately to really focus on teachers being to blame for students not learning. I am not aware of New Jersey specifically and I am sorry to hear that. I think if anyone walked a day in the life of a teacher, they would find it hard to judge. It is not an easy job and deserves a lot of respect. Thank you so much for your comment and all the best to you.

JayDeck on February 27, 2012:

I agree with most of what you wrote here. It's nice for teachers to cheerlead a bit!

However, as a teacher in the "great" state of New Jersey USA, prestige is hard to come by. Our governor has seen fit to engage himself in a public relations campaign to demonize teachers and it is having a toll. Many in our state believe that teachers have too good a deal. I am constantly reminding others of the extra hours we put in both in and out of school. Furthermore, our similarly educated counterparts in the private sector tend to make much more money than we do. People in New Jersey have forgotten why teachers have traditionally had such good benefits; the benefits were meant to attract well educated, dedicated individuals to a demanding field that pays less than they could get elsewhere. Thank you for this hub and forum.


Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on January 15, 2012:

princess with a pen, thanks! Yes, the two months off are a definite perk to teaching, for sure. But I think the main thing I liked was that you really are learning all the time. It just never stops. In that way, it's a lot like writing, too, where you never stop learning.

Thanks for the great comment and take care!

princesswithapen on January 12, 2012:

2 months of holidays in summer surely make teaching a top profession in my books! haha! One of my friends who is a teacher once said that the best thing about being a teacher was that 'you never stop learning', just like you've mentioned under LifeLong Learning in your hub.

This hub made for an enjoyable read!


Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on December 10, 2011:

@Shuck, thank you so much! I am glad you liked the topic.

@Adrienne, teaching really is a higher calling, a purpose. I agree. Take care and thanks for the oommnent!

Fierce Manson from Atlanta on December 09, 2011:

Hi Prairieprincess, Your article on the ten best things of being a teacher was a great list. I think the number one thing is A sense of purpose, which you had listed as number 2. Great list!

shuck72 from Seattle on December 09, 2011:

Great Topic voted up

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on December 02, 2011:

Kris, that's wonderful! Teaching really is a higher calling, isn't it? Thanks so much for stopping by.

Kris Heeter from Indiana on December 02, 2011:

Life long learning and a sense of purpose are my top two! Great hub - thanks:)

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on December 02, 2011:

Ancestralstory, thank you so much. It is true that teachers do let go of the reasons why they first started teaching. I am not in the classroom right now, because of budget cutbacks but I still love teaching very much. Take care.

ancestralstory from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia on November 30, 2011:

It's fantastic to see some positivity about being a teacher - I hope it stays with you for your whole career, as some let themselves forget their dream.

jonta from Bangkok on November 30, 2011:

A red apple maybe

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on November 30, 2011:

@Mag, thank you so much! I am glad you enjoyed it. Take care.

@Sunshine, wow, thanks for letting me know. That's so neat that you have that many teachers in the family! What a legacy for you! Thank you for your kind words. Take care.

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on November 30, 2011:

This hub is still on the first page! A fantastic shout-out for yourself and fellow teachers. My 2 daughters, my stepdaughter and stepson are all teachers and they enjoy their profession on most days:) Kudos to you!

magodis from Colombo, Sri Lanka on November 30, 2011:

Nice hub princess, I really enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing!

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on November 29, 2011:

Miss Olive, aren't the lightbulb moments amazing?! Ha ha! A happy dance is awesome! It's so cool when students "get it" especially if they've been struggling. Thanks for the great comment for telling me about being a "hot hub." I noticed that the traffic had gone up on this hub, but I wasn't sure why. This explains it. Thanks so much and have a wonderful evening.

Marisa Hammond Olivares from Texas on November 29, 2011:

Nice hub prairieprincess! I LOVE the Aha! moment aka "lightbulb moments". It makes me feel great. I might even treat my kiddos to a goofy happy dance! LOL

By the way - guess what? I found this hub when I clicked the "hubs" icon at the top of the HubPages toolbar. You were on the first page! Cool! Congrats! :)

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on November 29, 2011:

@Style of life, gym teachers get to play all day! I was always jealous of them, too! Thanks so much for the comment and have a wonderful day.

@Eight, thank you so much for your kind words. Have a wonderful day!

Eight8Consulting from United States on November 29, 2011:

A really nicely crafted article, great work

style-of-life from Netherlands on November 28, 2011:

A good friend of mine if a gym teacher. I must say, I am always jealous of his work. He gets to play sports everyday and has everlasting summer holidays. Good hub! Motivating for teachers to be!

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on November 28, 2011:

Cinders, first of all, and welcome to Hubpages! I agree that these are definitely the least best parts of the job -- but they're the ones that the public focuses on! You sound like a great teacher and thank you so much for the comments and compliments. Take care!

TheNewCinders on November 28, 2011:

I was going to post a thoughtful comment, but I had to scroll down so far I fogot my thoughts!

Anyway - I am a teacher, and the salary, status and holidays are the LEAST good parts of the job. I LOVE the relationships, the spontaneity and the light bulb moments. I also love that every day is creative and energetic.

I love this post :)

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on November 18, 2011:

Harsh Pothanis, I am so glad to hear that you are considering this profession. It's not an easy road but it is very fulfilling. I wish you the very best for your future. Take care.

harsh pothanis on November 17, 2011:

good job prairieprincess. i could relate to the part where you mentioned that "teaching is a calling" and "the light bulb moment". i am on the verge of completing my masters and I've been giving some serious thought to taking up teaching as a full time profession.your post cleared many doubts and concerns i had regarding teaching as a career.


Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on October 30, 2011:

Igolden, thanks for the comment! I totally agree with you that the light bulb moment makes everything else worthwhile. It's awesome!

And there is an amazing connection found in teaching almost like no other. I am so glad so many of these points resonated with you. Take care!

lgolden1911 on October 28, 2011:

I thoroughly enjoyed this hub right here. I've been an EIP (Early Intervention Program) math paraprofessional since August 18, 2011, and over my short tenure in the education field, I've seen all 10 of these and how they apply, but I'll touch on #'s 7 through 1.

The prestige (#7) and the sense of belonging (#6) go hand-in-hand. I can't tell you how many children have seen me in the school and outside of the school and belted out joyously, "Hi, Mr. Golden!" Sadly, I don't know most of these children by name, but it goes to show that I am noticed, which can be either good or bad depending upon my actions and habits. Part of the sense of belonging can be a little overwhelming as well. As as EIP paraprofessional, I work beside a teacher, and ultimately, we're responsible for making sure as many kindergarten through sixth grade students make it out of the mathematical ICU to where they're mathematically competent and confident on their own -- when you ask a 5th grader what "3 x 6" is, and he or she tells you "23," getting struggling students out of mathematical ICU proves to be an overwhelming task indeed.

Regarding novelty (#5), every time someone asks me how it's going where I teach, I consistently find myself telling them I feel like every day is my first day -- there's always going to be something new happening that didn't happen previously that can be added to one's teaching repertoire to enhance one's craft -- therefore, the novelty overlaps with lifelong learning as well (#4). Once a teacher stops accumulating factors based on what's going on in the environment for its constant improvement, the teacher needs to question his or her effort, dedication, and qualification for his or her teaching position.

The relationships (#3) and the sense of purpose (#2) also go hand-in-hand. The relationships a teacher develops with students, administrators, and/or parents are limitless and priceless. A teacher's constant active networking with these three can drastically help him or her improve teaching immensely. A teacher likely won't sustain an active engagement consistently with this type of networking without having a deeply rooted sense of purpose with regards to teaching.

The lightbulb moment (#1) is what got me into teaching in the first place. I started teaching Sunday school in 2004 and told people often after my lessons that to me, there was nothing like seeing the sparkle in someone's eye when he or she "gets" something they "didn't get" before. This is what makes all of the creative ideas, networking, professional development, meditation, and planning all worth it. This truly bring the adage "you only get out of life what you put in it" to life in the fullest.

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on September 10, 2011:

JelaV, I wish you all you all the best in your dreams. Thanks for coming by and commenting. Take care!

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on September 08, 2011:

Justateacher, thank you so much for your kind comment. I have enjoyed reading your wonderful hubs. That's awesome that you felt inspired and reminded of your reasons for teaching.

LaDena Campbell from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... on September 03, 2011:

Prairieprincess - great hub -it inspired me to write one of my own and reminded me once again why I became a teacher - look forward to reading more from you!

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on September 03, 2011:

Samira, teachers never stop learning. What a privilege! Thanks for the great comment.

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on September 03, 2011:

@Suzette, how true that teachers are often blamed for so much when they try the best with what they are given. How wonderful that you had such a fulfilling career. Enjoy retirement: it is well-deserved!

@bjututu, it is exciting, isn't it, to get involved in changing peoples' lives? Thanks for the great comment and take care.

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on September 03, 2011:

@Trimar, thank you so much for the comment. You are so right: teachers offer students a new beginning every year by believing in them and not giving up. So true! I will think about your idea for a change, too! Thank you and take care!

samira_hajiyeva on September 03, 2011:

Thanks Sasha,for really interesting article about us :)

I liked the buzzword: "Life long learning". Really I think, learning and improving help us in our professional development.

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on September 02, 2011:

@Justateacher, what a beautiful statement. I agree: the kids are the reason to teach. It is for love of the kids and if it's not for that reason, there's no point. My article was just kind of a fun look at other possible advantages, too. But I completely agree with you. Take care and have a great year.

@smr, thank you so much. Yes, I agree that teaching has a similar impact to a doctor. One touches the body; the other the mind. Take care!

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on September 02, 2011:

@Carco, I really appreciate your comment. I do love teaching (although I have taken a step back and am concentrating on writing, my other passion!) and I hope I am a good teacher. I am sure you would be proud if your kids went into teaching. Take care!

@Learnfromme, I know. I hesitated before putting that one in. I know teachers work non-stop but what I was referring to was the actual time you have to be at the job site. Thanks for the vote up and great comment!

bjtutu from Malaysia on September 01, 2011:

Although my current profession is not teacher, but I had been a temporary teacher for 2 primary school before. I shared the same feeling when I read through the hub, especially when dealing with kids, i totally agreed that no day is ever the same. Recently I just completed being a "volunteered teacher" for some elderly on internet savvy program organized by one of the NGO around my neighbourhood. I truly felt the joy of sharing and help people in making their live better. No word can really describe my feeling when I saw their smile after every topic completed. To all teachers, I solute you.

Suzette Walker from Taos, NM on August 30, 2011:

I enjoyed reading your hub. I am a recently retired teacher, but I can tell you that I feel complete for having been a teacher and really having contributed to students' lives. I remember each lightbulb moment like it was yesterday. While teachers are least respected in the U.S., when you travel outside the U.S. and people find out you are a teacher, you are revered. And, it really does feel good. There are some places in the world where teachers are truly appreciated. In the U.S. we teachers seem to be the scapegoats for all that's wrong in society. I wouldn't have traded places with any other profession on the face of the earth, and I was offered several opportunites during my teaching career. I'm glad I remained a teacher and retired from teaching, althought lifelong learning is true. I'm still learning.

trimar7 from New York on August 30, 2011:

Very true and inspiring hub. I have only one piece of constructive wisdom. You end your hub with the end and I can say as a teacher myself - we offer students - a new beginning each year. Thus, might I suggest you change that ending to ...just the beginning :)

smriti2101 on August 29, 2011:

Yes, being a teacher myself, I think every word that you have written is true. Teachers and doctors have the privilege of being in noble profession. Doctors save lives and teachers shape lives, both equally important.

LaDena Campbell from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... on August 28, 2011:

I have been teaching special education for 15 years now. I don't have a top ten list of reasons why I love my job. It all comes down to one...and it's NOT the summer and holidays...the ONLY reason I teach is because of the children...I love children and love being able to help them learn. I see that light bulb moment almost daily...and the smile on the faces of the kids that finally "get it" is something I will never outgrow!

(As for summer break, pay raises, etc...our district has not had a pay raise in over three years...during the summer I either go to school myself, tutor children, teach summer school, or all of the above! Other people that have master's degrees make at least twice as much as I do....if I was in it for the money and the "time off" I would be in another, less satisfying, career.)

LearnFromMe on August 28, 2011:

Thanks for writing such a nice piece giving credit to teachers. I must say, though, shorter work day? I work morning, noon and night! ;) Voted up!

Paul Cronin from Winnipeg on August 27, 2011:

Really interesting, you obviously love being a teacher, and that probably means your also a real good teacher! I like all the things that makes it such a good occupation, maybe my kids will like them too and also become a teacher. Thanks for sharing!

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on August 27, 2011:

Arock, thank you! You could always volunteer somewhere, if you don't want to bring money into it. Non-profit places adore volunteers! Thanks for stopping by and have a good day.

ArockDaNinja from Massachusetts, USA on August 26, 2011:

Loved it. I've always wanted to do some sort of teaching. I don't know if I'd want to do it for a living though, might take the fun out of it.

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on August 26, 2011:

@Stephanie, thanks again!

@Self Defense, thanks for passing it along! I think teachers can sometimes use some encouragement, so I am glad it can help in that way!

@Wwriter, I agree! I did not know that about the president in India. Very interesting! Thanks for the great comment. I have heard that India has great respect for education in general.

wwriter from India on August 25, 2011:

Teaching is a noble profession and teachers play a bigger role in children's lives than they sometimes imagine. In India our second president Dr. Radhakrishnan was a famous professor of philosophy, and his birthday on Sep 5th is celebrated as teacher's day.

selfdefenselesson on August 22, 2011:

Nice list.

Forwarded this to one of my buddies who's studying to become a history teacher.

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on August 13, 2011:

@Stephanie, it's nice to hear the student's point-of-view. Thanks for the great comment!

@MC, that is so wonderful that you are studying to be a teacher. It sounds like you will be a great asset to the classroom with your enthusiasm, and I am so glad I could encourage you in your journey. Take care!

@Cephia, thank you so much for your kind comments. Take care!

@Wayne, blessings! It is a very rewarding career. The time you spend giving is invaluable. Take care and I wish you all the best in your future plans.

Kenneth Wayne from Alabama on August 12, 2011:

I've really been thinking about going back to school to become a teacher for several of these reasons. NOW, you've given me a few more to consider. Good Hub!

cephla from India on August 12, 2011:

I love this writeup! It's got everything one could possible want while reading. Very, very interested take on teaching, and teachers. Useful and Interesting!

moneycop from JABALPUR on August 12, 2011:

I am also a teacher and i love teaching, after reading your hub i got awaken to what i had as an asset so thank u very much. i will try to read all your hubs related to teaching strategies and others. you have given me another way to think very motivatively towards my profession.

stephanie000 from Los Angeles, California on August 12, 2011:

Without my teachers, I wouldn't be as successful as I am now. Thanks to them for instilling me all the knowledge I need to know. A lot of good points in your hub prairieprincess! I VOTED UP for it!

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on August 11, 2011:

Max, thank you so much for your kind words and acknowledgment. Take care!

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on August 11, 2011:

Jane, I apologize for taking so long to get back to you. I really appreciate your comments about teaching. I agree that there are a lot of down sides to teaching and it is very difficult. I guess that is why I wrote this --- to inspire teachers, in spite of the bad parts.

I did not mean to sound like it's all perfect. It is far from perfect, I know very well. But there are some good things, too, that keep teachers going. Thank you so much and take care.

Ravi Singh from India on August 11, 2011:

I loved this hub.such a nice way to describe a teacher.Yes I do agree they are doing a great job and how valuable they are for our social world.Thanks!!

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on August 10, 2011:

Don, you said it well! And I agree that we are teachers whether officially recognized as teachers or not. Helping a child or even an adult grow in their mind and heart is invaluable and cannot be measured. Thanks for such an insightful comment. Take care!

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on August 10, 2011:

Nina, that is so awesome that you thought about being a teacher at one time. I am glad that this brought back some memories of things that are important to you. Take care!

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on August 10, 2011:

@Freegoldman, thank you for commenting!

@Stone, nice to see you! Thanks for coming by!

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on August 09, 2011:

Steve, so true. A teacher does fuel the curiosity and drive for knowledge within the student. That is a very important function of the teacher. I'm with you on the subject of relationship education. In our jurisdiction, we do have courses like that, and they are very helpful for the students. Thanks so much for commenting and take care!

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on August 09, 2011:

Nayaz, thank you so much for your thoughtful comment. I completely agree that teaching is very selfless. It is about giving as much as you can, to impart into the students' lives. Very good point!

That is so cool that you met a student who was doing so well and involved in the educational field, to boot. What joy it must have given you to have him honour you in that way. You obviously touched his life! Take care.

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on August 09, 2011:

@Ktrapp, thank you so much for your kind words.

@Rochelle, thanks so much for dropping by again!

@Denis, you are so kind. Take care.

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on August 09, 2011:

@Surfer Girl, thank you so much for the comment. It sounds like teaching runs in the family. You must have respected what your Dad was doing, in order for you to be pursuing the same dream. I wish you all the best in your career!

@Rajiv, ha! That's funny! Sometimes teachers have a hard time letting go of their "teacher personality!" Thanks for the great comment!

@Shelley, good for you for homeschooling! You are working as a teacher, too, in your own home. I really appreciate your comment!

Jane on August 04, 2011:

I was a teacher for 15 years. You make some good points, which I guess is the point of the article. Yet more needs to be told about what battles teachers face, the uphill climbs against all odds that we encounter. You make it some so peachy-- teaching is NOT easy. And work DEFINITELY does not stop after "at work" hours.

DON BALDERAS on August 03, 2011:

There really are many reasons for us to become teachers. We are teachers, even if not professionally, by heart, and in our own right. The intangible benefits of being a teacher are tremendous they can't be measured by counting. How a teacher promotes a child's future is passion expressed in a variety of ways. Teaching as I understand is a gesture of caring for the child and the child in us.

Nicolina Kenna on August 02, 2011:

I had once thought about becoming a teacher. I even started to go to school for it and your top reasons make me remember why.

Stoneage2010 on August 01, 2011:

Love this article...very interesting.

Freegoldman from Newyork on August 01, 2011:

The points 7 & 6 are the best...Nice hub

SteveHall from Mountain View, CA 94040 on July 31, 2011:

As a teacher you help create the thirst for knowledge, the curiosity of the mind to do research, and to learn more about the world around us. One thing I would change, is not to teach sex education, but to teach relationship education, which applies to life, jobs, business, friendships, and mostly people getting along with each other and less Wars... thanks SteveHall

fashion on July 31, 2011:

That is a great article about the noblest of all the profession. Thanks for posting here.

denis fany on July 30, 2011:

love u your articles

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