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The Top Ten Best Things About Being a Teacher

Updated on June 13, 2016
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Sharilee obtained a degree in Secondary English Education, from the University of Calgary. She has taught in Canada for ten years.

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Ten Best Things About Being a Teacher ... Letterman Style

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!

Teachers Get Summer Holidays

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! | Source

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, looks 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 on the top ten for 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.

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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 political will that seems to question teachers' competence, but overall teachers are usually people that to which people look up.

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.



Sense of Belonging

A school can be a place of belonging.
A school can be a place of belonging. | Source

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, lesson for the day ... make this profession an 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 whole grows.



Lifelong Learning

Teachers never stop learning.
Teachers never stop learning. | Source

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 masters 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 has an impact on a student's view of themselves, on their other relationships, and on their future. 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 give 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 of 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.


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The Lightbulb Moment

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

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.

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      Sharilee Swaity 2 years ago from Canada

      @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.

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      kerlund74 2 years ago from Sweden

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

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      Stephanie Constantino 3 years ago from Fountain, CO

      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!

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      Sharilee Swaity 3 years ago from Canada

      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!

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      Sharilee Swaity 3 years ago from Canada

      @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.

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      Paul Cronin 3 years ago from Winnipeg

      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 3 years ago

      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?

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      Sharilee Swaity 3 years ago from Canada

      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 3 years ago

      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 wise...it 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.

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      Sharilee Swaity 4 years ago from Canada

      @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 4 years ago

      teachers are the best but they take more money

    • sathya 4 years ago

      east or west teachers are the best

    • s. divya dharshini 4 years ago

      twinkle twinkle little star teachers are the super stars

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      Sharilee Swaity 4 years ago from Canada

      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 4 years ago

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

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      Sharilee Swaity 4 years ago from Canada

      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 4 years ago

      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?

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      Sharilee Swaity 4 years ago from Canada

      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.

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      Rebecka Vigus 4 years ago from Johns Island, SC

      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.

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      Sharilee Swaity 4 years ago from Canada

      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!

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      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.

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      Sharilee Swaity 4 years ago from Canada

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

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      louromano 4 years ago

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

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      Sharilee Swaity 4 years ago from Canada

      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.

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      freemarketingnow 4 years ago from California

      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.

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      Sharilee Swaity 4 years ago from Canada

      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.

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      JayDeck 4 years ago from New Jersey

      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.

      -J

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      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!

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      princesswithapen 5 years ago

      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!

      Princesswithapen

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      @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!

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      Adrienne F. Manson 5 years ago from Atlanta

      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!

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      shuck72 5 years ago from Seattle

      Great Topic voted up

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

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

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      Kris Heeter 5 years ago from Indiana

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

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      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.

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      ancestralstory 5 years ago from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

      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.

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      jonta 5 years ago from Bangkok

      A red apple maybe

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      @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.

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      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!

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      magodis 5 years ago from Colombo, Sri Lanka

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

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      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.

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 5 years ago from Texas

      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! :)

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      @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!

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      Eight8Consulting 5 years ago from United States

      A really nicely crafted article, great work

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      style-of-life 5 years ago from Netherlands

      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!

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      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 5 years ago

      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 :)

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      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 5 years ago

      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.

      cheers..!!!

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      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!

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      lgolden1911 5 years ago

      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.

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

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

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      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.

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      LaDena Campbell 5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      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!

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

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

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      @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.

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      @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 5 years ago

      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.

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      @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!

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      @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!

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      bjtutu 5 years ago from Malaysia

      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.

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      Suzette Walker suzettetaos 5 years ago from Taos, NM

      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.

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      trimar7 5 years ago from New York

      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 5 years ago

      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.

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      LaDena Campbell 5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      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.)

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      LearnFromMe 5 years ago

      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!

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      Paul Cronin 5 years ago from Winnipeg

      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!

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      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.

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      ArockDaNinja 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      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.

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      @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.

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      wwriter 5 years ago from India

      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.

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      selfdefenselesson 5 years ago

      Nice list.

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

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      @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.

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      Wayne Orvisburg 5 years ago

      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!

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      cephla 5 years ago from India

      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!

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      moneycop 5 years ago from JABALPUR

      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.

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      stephanie000 5 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      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!

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

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

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      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.

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      Ravi Singh 5 years ago from India

      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!!

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      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!

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      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!

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      @Freegoldman, thank you for commenting!

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

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      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!

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      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.

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

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

      @Rochelle, thanks so much for dropping by again!

      @Denis, you are so kind. Take care.

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      @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 5 years ago

      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.

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      DON BALDERAS 5 years ago

      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.

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      Nicolina Kenna 5 years ago

      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.

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      Stoneage2010 5 years ago

      Love this article...very interesting.

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      Freegoldman 5 years ago from Newyork

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

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      SteveHall 5 years ago from Mountain View, CA 94040

      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

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      nayaz1625 5 years ago

      Thank you prairieprincess for this wonderful hub on teachers. Allow me to add that being a teacher is being selfless. Yes, we depend on our salary to live but we do not measure what we give to our pupils. The more we give the happier we are. And our greatest happiness lies in the success of our pupils.

      Coincidentally, today itself I met a person who's been my pupil in years 2003, has not seen him since. He is doing business on his own selling educational materials. Only teachers can imagine what I felt when I hear someone caling me while I was in a crowd and discovered my ex-pupil who left all his customers to come and greet me. After a chat, I left with a small gift, which to me is priceless because it comes from my pupil.

    • fashion 5 years ago

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

    • denis fany  5 years ago

      love u your articles

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      Rochelle Frank 5 years ago from California Gold Country

      Glad to see this getting so much feedback. I know I already commented on this, but after re-reading, I'll have to say that you did an A+ job on this hub. Obviously a lot of people agree.

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      Kristin Trapp 5 years ago from Illinois

      Thanks for your sincerity. I wish all teachers shared your passion. "Vote up" from me.

    • farmgirlshelley 5 years ago

      I am a homeschooling Mom, and I really enjoyed reading your hug. Teachers are amazing people! Thank you for what you do.

    • Rajiv  5 years ago

      My wife is a teacher, and believe me, she sometimes acts as a teacher even at home.

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      SurferGirl1 5 years ago from California

      Thanks for the hub prairieprincess. My dad is a teacher and I am studying to be one!

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      @Jennie, thank you so much. You are right: teaching really is a satisfying career, with a lot of fulfillment. Nice to see you around, and take care!

      @Sonia, that is so true. When one of your students does well, you know that you have contributed into that person's life, and what a feeling that is! Thanks for the wonderful comment. Take care!

      @MFW, thank you so much. I am very glad that you could relate to it, as a teacher yourself. Nice to see you around!

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      madfatwoman 5 years ago from Decatur, AR

      What a great hub!! Really enjoyed it - and as a teacher, agreed with every single statement!!

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      sonia05 5 years ago from india

      This is a wonderful hub about being a teacher. Teaching is a great profession with lots of satisfaction,contentment and reward. Apart from summer holidays,short hours and other benefits,a teacher feels elated if his or her student excels ina particular field and wins accolades for it. It is a very promising profession offering novelty and continuous learning! Interaction and mingling with students keeps the teacher young with everyday learning!

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      Venture Boyz 5 years ago from Floating in the clouds

      well said prairieprincess. I always get jealous of people who have jobs with the ability to make a positive impact on the world. I am sure the sense of joy and accomplishment you feel from watching your students prosper is unmatched.

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      SW, wonderful quote! And I agree. That is what the essence of teaching is, I think. We don't always get there, but it's wonderful when we do. Thanks so much for dropping by and adding to the meaningfulness of this hub. Take care!

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      Xavier Nathan 5 years ago from Isle of Man

      A wise man once told me that there were three types of teacher:

      Those who complain.

      Those who explain.

      Those who inspire.

      I endeavoured to be a source of inspiration though I am sure I often fell prey to the other ways of being a teacher too.

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      @Hey Clinton, thank you so much for your support! Take care.

      @Diana, I'm sure your teachers loved you! (Not all students are quite so appreciative!) Thanks for the votes and the comments. Take care!

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      EHQ, I agree with you. Working in a school, and helping people really does give life a purpose. There's a real excitement and thrill to being part of these lives. Take care!

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      Rose, it must be very rewarding to teach music because the self-discipline carries into so many other things. I agree that teaching is definitely a rewarding calling. Nice to make your acquaintance!

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      Diana Mendes 5 years ago

      Great hub! Voted up & awesome. It brought back memories of my teachers. I have high regards for teachers. Thanks prairieprincess.

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      clintonb 5 years ago from Adelaide, Australia

      That was sucha sweet article! I loved every word in there. Truly.

    • ExoticHippieQueen 5 years ago

      That was a great hub, prairieprincess! It's amazing the things that we can find to write about that one never thought of before! I am a SPED one on one teaching assistant at a large high school. While I did vote for the holiday and hours as my favorite perk, it was a struggle making a decision because I also enjoy the sense of belonging and relationships, more with the students than the other teachers. I do believe that being a part of a bigger picture, and having a job that is purposeful provide the quality in life that we all need. So really, I have two favorites.

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      Rose West 5 years ago from Michigan

      Great hub! I'm an independent music teacher myself, and I just love seeing my students learning. Teaching is a very rewarding calling!

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      Random Thoughts, good for you! Volunteers are so valuable and appreciated in a classroom, and I am sure that teacher felt very blessed to have you. Thank you so much for such kind words. Take care!

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      RandomThoughts... 5 years ago from Washington

      Thank you for being a teacher. Every teacher ought to be thanked daily. I have volunteered in my daughters 2nd grade class all year and I admire and appreciate all the energy and dedication one must have in order to do this. I am a one on one kind of person, otherwise I need a nap... Thanks again for listing all the 'perks' for teachers. I hope more good people choose to teach. The world can always use more.

      Up/Awesome

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      @Geniuzs, thank you so much for commenting. I am so glad that you are dedicated to your profession, and could relate to this hub. Take care.

      @Kyle, ha ha! That's so funny -- I'm sure a lot of students might feel bad, when they think back to how they treated their teachers. Well, teachers are used to kids, so they don't take it personally! Take care and thanks for the comment.

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      KyleBear 5 years ago

      This hub makes me miss my teachers :( How I should've appreciated them more

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      Geniuzs 5 years ago from Bhubaneswar, Orissa, India

      Being a teacher myself most of my 16 working years, I have realized that this is the best profession and I love to live the moments of enlightenment. You must be passionate about the profession as a teacher no matter what age group you train

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      Ebower, thanks so much. I am glad that you found it to be true, based on experience. I agree with you on the pay thing. It's a good wage, but it is also a lot of work!

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      WWW, thank you for the kind words. As a teacher's kid, I'm sure you know what it involves! From what I have seen, families can't help but get involved in this career. Take care.

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      Visionandfocus, I COMPLETELY agree with you. That is the best part, and it is an intangible that you cannot measure. You are building into people's lives, and it's beautiful. And yes, teachers really do reach out, and help kids at the most important juncture of their life.

      Thank you for such a warm and important comment. Take care!

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      @Drazzle, thank you so much for your encouraging words. Take care.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      Being a former teacher myself, you've got it right. All of these are great reasons for being a teacher. I do have to say that they don't get paid enough for what they do.

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      Web World Watcher 5 years ago

      Awesome Hub, My mom is a teacher and i'm sure she would concur with ten out of ten.

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      visionandfocus 5 years ago from North York, Canada

      Awesome and voted way up! I think the best part of being a teacher is influencing young minds. So many youngsters' lives have changed for the better just because an adult took an interest and helped them have faith in themselves and see how awesome they really are. And that's why we can all remember at least one teacher who meant the world to us when we were young and still has a very special place in our hearts.

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      drazzle 5 years ago from Ann Arbor, Michigan

      Great insight!

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      Sina, thank you so much for the positive feedback. You are so right; by June, the teachers are absolutely exhausted, and spend most of July recovering. It is a big job! I am sure that working as an office manager at the school, you see lots of the kids, too. Everyone works together to make it work for the students. Have a good day!

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      Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

      Very good hub! Voted up and Stumbled. I work in a school. Office Manager. Teachers work so very hard during the school year that they need those vacations to recuperate.

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      Joyette, I'm glad it resonated with you. There is such a joy in teaching, and once a teacher, always a teacher, even if you are teaching in a different way. Thanks for dropping by!

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      Joyette Fabien 5 years ago from Dominica

      Prairie Princess, thanks for saying it all. I was a teacher for 27 years and feel that I will be one for life. I felt every word you said and I could not have said it better! Voted up

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      @Sripania, excellent points! It is so very true that teaching keeps one's mind young and fresh, from the constant learning, and interaction with students. It is very exciting, and I am so glad you pointed this out.

      I agree, too, that the relationships with parents can be another great plus. When parents appreciate your work, you can feel very satisfied you have contributed, not just to an individual's life, but to a family's life.

      Thanks for the wonderful comment, and take care!

      @sminut, awww, your welcome! It is good to encourage each other in this profession! Take care.

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      sminut13 5 years ago from singapore

      thanks so much praireprincess, that saying is so true and it gives me courage at the same time to continue teaching my tutees. good day.

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      Ken, subs are real teachers, too. In some ways, subbing is harder than regular teaching, because you have to be so adaptable, and go into a more difficult situation. Good for you, for doing this difficult job! Take care.

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      Ken Barton 5 years ago

      A very nice Hub on the best things about being a Teacher. I've been subbing for six years now and even though I don't make much, I enjoy many of the same reasons for being a sub as that of a regular teacher.

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      sriparna 5 years ago from New Delhi

      I have enjoyed reading the hub as I really hold the subject close to my heart. I am a teacher by profession and passion and your list was well written. Especially a lot of learning comes from the relationships we foster with the students and their parents. I liked the 'lightbulb moment' in particular and experiencing it makes our day. I would like to add two more points: 11. Teachers never grow old, mentally they remain young and evergreen as they are constantly interacting with youngsters. Hence their minds remain ever-fresh with innovative ideas, they are always willing to learn new things and take up diverse challenges. Staying energized is a great incentive for a teacher.

      12. Teachers get additional perks, mostly intangibles, but extremely rewarding. When during parent's day even one parent greets and says 'thank you for making a difference in my child's life' or when a student walks up to you with a nice hand-made card and says 'thank you maa'm, you are the best'. All these keep happening in a dedicated teachers' life, which is so refreshing and makes you feel appreciated.

      Thanks for sharing such a beautiful hub.

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      Sminut, I agree that tutoring and teaching go together. A very wise woman once told me that there are teachers and there are educators. You can be a teacher without being a trained educator. You can also be a trained educator, without being a real teacher.

      I am so glad that you get joy from teaching, and keep believing in your calling. It is possible! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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      sminut13 5 years ago from singapore

      i'm more of a tutor rather than a teacher though they're more or less the same anyway. for me, it's the lifelong learning, sense of purpose and especially the lightbulb moment that's gives me the satisfaction of teaching. i don't have proper qualifications and certificates saying i'm a teacher, but maybe, in the nearer future, when i'm financially able to and more stable with life, i'll upgrade myself hehe thanks so much for sharing a good hub

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      Brenna, thank you so much for the great comment! I agree with you!

      HTodd, thank you so much for commenting. Take care!

      Nimmerill, that's so great that you enjoy teaching. It sounds like you are definitely in the right profession! By the time the students are that grade, usually they are pretty mature, and I am sure you have some great learning moments. Great comment!

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      nlmerrill 5 years ago

      Great Post!! I have been teaching for 7 going on 8 years now, and I love every moment of it still. Don't get me wrong, us teachers have our days where we can not stand some of our students. But, the good definitely outweighs the bad. I teach 11th and 12 graders, and I would not change a thing. I live for the 'Light Bulb' or 'Ah Ha!' moments. Knowing that students are grasping new concepts and learning is a wonderful feeling. On the other hand, I do enjoy my summers, but I am like a little kid on Christmas morning on the first day of school!

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      htodd 5 years ago from United States

      Great post ,Thanks

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      brennawelker 5 years ago

      Being a teacher is a noble profession.

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      Glenn, hey, nice to meet a fellow teacher! And one that loves their job is even better. Thanks for stopping by and welcome to Hubpages!

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      Hey, KH, that sounds like a good hub for you to make ... make it a funny one! That's funny about the treats. I used to have a colleague that said giving the kids treats was her little way of getting even with parents that were rude or obnoxious. Ha! Thanks for the great comments!

      Sorry for taking so long to get back. I've just been a little lagged out lately. Take care.

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      Knightheart 5 years ago from MIssouri, USA

      Er....I just thought of another reason...maybe a sequel to his hub for you? Reason 11 < insert your own number...After a party day, like Christmas or Valentine's Day, the kids are usually loaded with all kinds of sugary treats and are bouncing off the walls! Another 'Best Thing...' could be, if the kids are driving you nuts, at least you get to send them home to their families to let the treat affects wear off while you slip out the door!

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      Cham, thank you so much! I appreciate it. Have a good day.

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      chamilj 5 years ago from Sri Lanka

      Well written great Hub. Voted up !

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      SS, thank you! I am sure you would make an incredible teacher, with your heart. I am so glad you enjoyed the list. Take care!

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      PP,

      I REALLY enjoyed this list. I have often thought that I should have become a teacher. One of my sisters went to school much later in life to become a teacher at 41 years old. I am SO proud of her. And I have a niece who is a teacher as well. She teaches 7th grade science at a very "rough" school. I am SO proud of her as well. I will pass this along to them. I'm sure they will agree and also find some humor in your list:)

      Thanks,

      Sharyn

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      @Sandy, thank you very much!

      @T. Campos, good point! I guess it depends on your jurisdiction. When I have taught, my days have been a bit shorter, for actual teaching time, but then marking, planning and extracurricular made it very much a longer day. I do have a cousin, though, who taught and actually confined her work to the school day only.

      @KH, thank you so much. Take care!

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      Knightheart 5 years ago from MIssouri, USA

      You got the person right, Prairieprincess. Dr. Charles Stanley does say the phrase all the time! He truly is a man after God's own heart! Thank you for your kind words and encouragement! God Bless you!

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      T.Campos 5 years ago

      I don't agree that teachers work shorter days. 7:30 to 3:30 is still an 8 hour workday. I do agree that no day is ever the same though and that is very rewarding.

    • sandy 5 years ago

      well made points there!

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      @KH, that pastor sounds like Charles Stanley: one of my favourites! Good for you in pursuing your calling. Sometimes the enemy wishes our influence to be stopped, and so puts up so many road blocks from being in a position where we will reach others. Take care.

      @Mrs. JB, thanks you! It sounds like you kept your teachers on their toes! Take care.

      @Troy, thanks for commenting. You are right: teaching is a very responsible job. Take care.

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      TroyM 5 years ago

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

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      Mrs. J. B. 5 years ago from Southern California

      I have such respect for you as a teacher. It is something that I know I could not do especially when I think about some of the things I used to do in class. I really loved this hub. I did not know what to expect on the top 10 list!

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      Knightheart 5 years ago from MIssouri, USA

      Thanks Prairieprincess - Not teaching in the public schools any longer was hard to deal with, but am getting bolder and decided to fight back and take my chances. Sometimes I get nervous since the past brings up some painful events, but am not going to let that keep me from doing what God has obviously given me a talent for and He has given me a STRONG desire to teach. Who am I to resist His lead. I just have to let Him arrange the circumstances and take care of all the details. Like a pastor I truly admire always says, "Trust God and leave all the consequences to Him!" AMEN!!!!!

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      Little Payday, that's great! Teachers do get to go to many interesting places, sometimes far into the Hinterland. Thanks for dropping by!

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      Dusy, that's great that it gave you some ideas! I am glad you love teaching, too. Take care!

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      Knightheart, I know what you mean. It is a tragedy that good teachers are chased away by the climate that is so quick to look for fault and lawsuits are such a threat. This environment often discourages teachers from reaching out as much as kids would want and need. I am sorry that you are not able to teach full-time, but glad to hear that you still offer your services in your church. I am sure the kids benefit a great deal from your love. Take care!

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      Knightheart 5 years ago from MIssouri, USA

      Prairieprincess - In the U.S., male elementary teachers aren't that common, especially in the primary grades. So many of the students I have taught in the past didn't have a father living in the home and even their last names were different from the parents...very sad and I am sure confusing to children! In this country, there is a lot of bias against male caregivers...I know, I am in that situation. Even wrote a hub about it.

      I love teaching and always will. God gave me this extraordinary gift of being able to relate and teach children.

      It doesn't take much to ruin a career and most of the time, it isn't anything the teacher said or did, but some innocent thing that people go off the deep end over without even bothering to listen to the 'whole' story. Well, can't do much about people judging in haste, but it is a tragedy that many innocent teacher get railroaded and their careers destroyed for absolutely nothing! Thanks for commenting and posting this hub!

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      Knightheart, I think it's absolutely fantastic to see a man doing elementary! Kids need those male role models, and it's hard to find guys to do the job. Here in Canada, males at the elementary level, are considered a rare, precious commodity!

      I hope you are able to get back into the classroom, considering your passion for it.

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      dusy7969 5 years ago from San Diego, California

      I love this profession.I teach the graduate students before two years.I like to teach others.I like this hub.This hub give me new ideas for teaching.Thanks a lot for this informative and wonderful sharing.Thanks once again for this hub and keep it up.

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      Knightheart 5 years ago from MIssouri, USA

      Hi!

      I have been an elementary school teacher for nearly 20 years, working in grade K-5, and even some preschool children. Teaching is the only job I ever had that I truly enjoyed, and believe me, I have had many types of jobs over the years.

      Nothing compares with the satisfaction I get, especially when working with young children. I taught 3rd grade my first year and go so attached to that class. They were my best class ever and I think of them often.

      I have had classes that were rough, but I loved them all. Kids are so eager to learn and so willing to try new things. It keeps me feeling young.

      I no longer teach in the public school classrooms, but still teach the primary children in my church and provide childcare services for families in my area. It is very rewarding and the best part is that I don't have to say goodbye at the end of the school year. I can care, teach, etc. with them for several years!

      It isn't easy to get a position since there is a lot of bias against males working with kids, but my decades of experience and former employers are overcoming that bias.

      Anybody want to hire this teacher??? LOL

      Thanks for posting this!!!

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      SingSong, thanks for sharing your story. Teaching and its hours really do offer a good option for a mother, especially a single mother who has to be the one to go to work, to support her family. It is a blessing that the job allowed to spend maximum time with your son, as he grew up.

      And now as a homeschooling Mother, your children benefit so much from your skills and experience. I know from my sister, who homeschooled for a year, how challenging it can be, at times! But good for you, for taking that challenge on.

      Take care, and thanks for caring so much!

      PP

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      Julia Lee 5 years ago

      When I was teaching in the public school classroom, I was also a single mom. In my opinion, being a teacher was the best job for me. Back then, there were not the options we have today to work from home. Being a teacher allowed me to not have him in day care for long hours of the day and during the summer he didn't have to go at all! There were several other reasons I loved teaching in the classroom, but I won't go into them. I do now currently enjoy home educating my children. Truly, no day is the same. I love the challenge of teaching multiple grade levels. Okay, I confess, there are some days the multiple grade level thing makes me insane. :)

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      @Elrascal, that is so cool that you are getting involved with your girlfriend's teaching. She must be very grateful! That's awesome that she's doing field trips and special events. It keeps it interesting. Take care!

      @Denise, you are a sweetheart! Thank you so much, and I will have a look at the hub. Thanks for the link, and have a great Mother's Day this weekend!

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      Hey Johnny, ha! I didn't know I looked sad! But thanks so much for the comment. I am very glad to hear the confirmation from someone with so much experience. You must develop such strong relationships, too, when you coach. Take care, and thanks for dropping by.

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      @Joseph, I am thrilled that you are going to give your life for helping kids. That is so awesome! I wish all the best, and I am so glad that this article was inspirational for you. Take care!

      @Orlansison, thank you so much for your kind words. And yes, being a teacher does give great closeness with your students, as you help them grow as learners and individuals.

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      Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Hello again PrairiePrincess-I just finished a hub about teachers and put in a link (in one of the paragraphs) to this hub. Thanks for your nice reply, BTW. :)

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      Elrascal 5 years ago

      My girlfriend is a teacher and she loves it. She gets me to help out with field trips and productions and I really enjoy doing it too.

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      Laurel, nice to hear from you. If your Mom is a teacher, I am sure you all of the good, and the bad. And it is a hard field to be in, for sure. But as you said, I just wanted to focus on the positive aspects of the profession, amidst all the negatives. Thanks so much for your thoughtful comment. Take care!

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      Denise, so nice to see you again! You are very right about the administrative and political challenges. Because it's a publicly funded profession, there are a lot of cooks trying to cook up that educational soup! Teaching itself, though, is wonderful. And it sounds like you have a real teacher's heart. Writing is also a wonderful form of teaching, which you do lots of here. Take care!

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      JohnnySavage 5 years ago from Middle Georgia area

      being both a teacher and a coach (16yrs)...You are Spot on Girl!!! but, why do you look so sad in your Picture?

      you are awesome!!!

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      orlansison 5 years ago from Pangasinan Philippines

      Yeah, its true being a teacher is the best experience you can have. Your affection to other is very intimate that you can either break or make their future.

      Thank you for sharing this wonderful hub God bless you always madam.

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      joseph h 5 years ago from Australia

      Best read this year for me! I'm going to university to study teaching next year I can't wait :) Thankyou

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      @Jacob, Your comment shows great insight, because that is exactly what it is like! Every night, you have do some studying, to be prepared for the next day. For those who love to learn, the learning never stops! Thank you so much for the wonderful comment, and have a great day.

      @Fitz, I am glad it brought back warm feelings for you. Thank for your kind comment, and take care!

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      @Cubez, I am so glad that the career appeals to you. If it does, that is a good sign, because it might be something you would have a passion for. I wish you all the best in your future plans!

      @Rochelle, subbing is hard work, too! I did some subbing in the past, and I agree that you still get to have a lot of good interactions and joys, without the homework, which is perhaps the best of both worlds. Thanks so much for the comment. Take care!

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      @David, thank you for the kind comment. All the best!

      @Alice, it is a pretty crazy place to work, at times: I agree! The kids are wonderful, and teaching is great, but I agree that the system itself does make it hard!

      @Ruby, I appreciate your confirmation. Thanks for dropping by!

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      LaurelMartin 5 years ago from Northern New England

      My mom is a teacher. It is a bit tough for them all right now w/budget cuts, lack of parental involvement etc, but, this is a great way to highlight some of the positives and remind people why, regardless, kids need good people to got to school and become good teachers.

      Thanks!

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      Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Love the hub, Prarieprincess, and voted it up. Teaching was my #1 career choice ever since I was 5, but circumstances led me into nursing. But, I think I am a natural born teacher-love to learn and love to help others 'get it'. In fact there is a long line of teachers in my family, including cardelean, my daughter, who writes for hubpages. I often think of going back and getting my degree to teach, although politically, it is as challenging as anything else these days.

      You've done an excellent job highlighting ten great reasons why this is a wonderful profession to get into. Thanks. :)

    • fitzjkenny 5 years ago

      That's a great mater piece about the Noblest of all the profession. You have woken up fond memories of my teaching days. Thanks for that write up.

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      jacobsterling 5 years ago from New York

      nice hub..being a teacher is a hard job...its like being a student and studying forever! but thanks to them coz we got brighter children for a brighter future.! haha xD

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      cubesz 5 years ago

      My grade 8 teacher was the best teacher I every had. Although she just kept complaining about teaching. I thought I would never become a teacher, but this article has got me drooling at all the benefits.

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      Rochelle Frank 5 years ago from California Gold Country

      I enjoyed this very much. I was a sub teacher for 12 years in a district that had about 20 elementary schools. I recognize a lot of the perks-- (but I didn't have to do the record-keeping and testing), also I could opt out any day I felt like it.

      Even I got to see some light bulb moments. Sometimes it just takes a different person explaining the same thing.

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      Ruby Benjamin 5 years ago

      All true!

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      Alice DeWonder 5 years ago from 3rd planet from Sun

      As a former educator I am sincere when I state that I would rather jump into the flames of Hell than ever be a part of the public school system again. It is the epitome of The Cracker Box Palace.

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      daviddwarren22 5 years ago

      This hub is very necessary information how to become a good teacher.

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      **Kdupree, thank you for dropping by! Take care.

      **Mkterhune, you made me blush, in case you would find some mistakes in my hub! Yes, I am a stickler, but still find those little mistakes in my own work. Thanks for the great comment!

      **ISpraytan, that is so beautiful! Teaching kids to swim is an especially wonderful thing, because swimming brings such joy. Take care!

      **bliss, I'm glad you got to experience a taste of teaching, even if it's not your full-time thing. Take care!

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      Kdupree, thank you for dropping by! Take care.

      ISpraytan, that is so beautiful! Teaching kids to swim is an especially wonderful thing, because swimming brings such joy. Take care!

      bliss, I'm glad you got to experience a taste of teaching, even if it's not your full-time thing. Take care!

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      Haydee Anderson 5 years ago from Hermosa Beach

      i never dreamt to be a teacher because i thought it's a very tiring and difficult job, but because of financial reasons i once tried to be a tutor for several korean students. there i proved that teaching is very fulfilling job and all your tiredness will fade away when you see your students learn something from you.

      hine hub.

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      iSpraytan 5 years ago

      I am an Early Childhood Educator and teach swimming in the summers. I love watching the kids grow and you are a part of their moment. One year I taught 2 boys how to swim the next year saw them get baptized at the beach. Watching them swim in the ocean brought tears to my face how awesome it was to be a part of their lives.

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      mrkterhune 5 years ago

      We tend to be sticklers about proper English, spelling and grammar. Nice Hub.

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      Docmo, there is nothing like it, is there? It is a way to give that is fulfilling beyond words. A teacher doesn't have to be doing it full-time to still be a teacher! You teach through your hubs, as well. Take care!

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      Mohan Kumar 5 years ago from UK

      You have truly captured the spirit of being a teacher- I can relate to so much here- even though I am not a full time teacher- my teaching commitments is to post graduate medics and to their teachers also - I always feel that sense of purpose and belonging and enjoy those light bulb moments. thank you for sharing- this is a wonderful hub- voted up/awesome!

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      Susan, you are right! It really is very gratifying to be a teacher, and an act of love. Thanks so much for the wonderful comment! Take care.

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      SUSANJK 5 years ago from Florida

      I think being a teach is very gratifying if you love children and helping them learn.

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      Devblue, thank you so much for the comment! I hope I have been able to highlight some of the very positive things about being a teacher. Take care!

      RHW, that's so excellent! And yes, it conveys such a powerful message to the kids when the parents are involved in their education. When parents start this when their kids are young, the kids will grow up knowing how valuable education is. It's powerful!

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      Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Hey I will and you can show it to some good moms at your school! It's an easy process that works well at our school:)!

      Your sister is smart too then, it also shows the kids how much value we place in their education. It's well worth my time!

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      DevBlue 5 years ago from Mauritius

      Nice Hub. Makes you want to be a teacher.

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      Esmeowl, thanks for the confirmation. Take care!

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      RHW, you should write that hub! That would be very interesting, and so useful! Photocopying is a very big part of the job of a teacher, and it's very difficult sometimes to find the time to do it all.

      That is so awesome that you are so involved. My sister volunteers at her girls' school, too, and they love seeing her there. You can tell that they feel proud that their Mom cares enough to go to their school and help.

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      Cindy A. Johnson 5 years ago from Sevierville, TN

      I so agree with your hub. Thanks for the reminders.

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      Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I love the teachers and I am so happy to offer my help. I wish more parents would be involved. They would see how fun and rewarding it really is. I have 50 teachers that would help me if I ever needed it. I was thinking about writing a hub about how easy it is to set up a copy center in any local school and all the benefits the volunteer gets. I may this summer for next year:)

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      RHW, oh my goodness, you must be a popular girl in that school ... offering to do copying! That is such a huge help to teachers. Going to your child's school is so good for the kids, and keeps you involved in their educational experience. Good for you!

      Thank you so much for such a kind comment! That means so much. Take care.

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      Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I always tease people and say I am still in elementary school and I go two days a week:) I volunteer and get a huge kick out of it. I started a copy center in the office for the teachers who don't have helpers. You know I'm popular up there:)! Haha! I think teachers should be paid more than professional sports stars. What you do is so important! Thank you!

      Also statistics have proven that parents that volunteer or are active in school have children that have honor roll grades. Works for me!

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      Bumpsy, thanks for such kind comments! Yes, you are so right ... teaching does require a lot of enthusiasm! Take care.

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      sport supplement, teaching can be very fulfilling. Thanks for the great compliment!

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      Bumpsysmum 5 years ago from Cambridgeshire

      You have to be dedicated and enthusiastic to be a teacher and the 'perks' are well deserved. Great hub :-)

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      PM, those are great reasons to teach. What a purpose! I feel good about giving credit to teachers, who really do have such an important job. I think it's easy to forget that in the midst of the busyness and frequent chaos of the job!

      Thanks for such a great comment. Take care!

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      Wheel, that's exactly it! It's in the eyes ... they light up, and you can tell they have learned. How wonderful that your whole class "got it," all on the same day. Not every lesson is this effective, so that must have been very gratifying. So nice to see you around, again. Take care!

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      Kashmir, thank you so much for your kind comment. Great to see you again!

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      Vino, I agree with you that teachers play an extremely important role in any society, by dealing with the young, and helping them to grow into the adults that will be making decisions and running our world. Thanks so much for the kind words, and take care!

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      I loved the 'Lightbulb Moment', especially when it happened to me due to student inspiration! Thanks for the thumbs up to teachers. As for pay, I can certainly say I wasn't in it for the money, as most of us aren't. I did it because I loved that I was able to prepare our future generation for their own futures and destinies by sharing the knowledge that was passed down to me. :)

      Thanks!

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      Dennis Thorgesen 5 years ago from Central United States

      Years ago while teaching an interactive lesson this light bulb effect was seen in each of my students. My students ranged in age from five to twelve, and there were sixteen of them. I could tell when each student "got it" For the ones who were twelve it was right away well for the younger ones it took longer. It was always the changing eyes that let me know. There is no feeling like it.

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      Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi prairieprincess, great well written hub and a good read !

      Awesome ans vote up !!!

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      Vinodkpillai 5 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Loved this hub. Voted up not only because its a good read, but more importantly , it gives a good insight into a noble profession that shapes our future more than any government, institution or technological development. Thanks!

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