The Rewards of Being a Teacher

While being a teacher may not earn you the six-figure income you have always dreamed of, it has other benefits far beyond that of a hefty paycheck.

Witnessing the Learning Process Firsthand

The primary reward of being a teacher is being able to see the results of your hard work in action, every single day. Do you remember when you were a kid, and you had difficulty understanding a certain concept and then BAM! All of a sudden you understand.

You can help kids of all ages have these moments every day and see the look of satisfaction and accomplishment on their faces.

Personal Relationship with Students and Parents

As a teacher you get to cultivate lasting relationships with students, parents, staff, and peers. In most jobs you deal with customers on a daily basis, but rarely get to know them. You'll see your students five days a week, and you may have the same students for a few years. Having this type of access to students mean you can really see how your teaching has benefitted them while you watch them progress.

Long Vacations

What jobs out there offer 12 weeks of vacation every year, even if you just started? As a teacher'll enjoy summers, Christmas vacation and spring break off. You can travel, stay home, pick up extra teaching jobs - whatever you like!

There is of course a trade off - the downside is that teachers do not get paid while they're on vacation. However, it means that you will never have to work over Christmas, something that will make all your friends envious.

Benefits and Retirement Packages

Teaching jobs also offer more than their fair share of benefits and retirement packages. So you won't have to worry about saving up for later in life or running into expensive medical bills. For most people this is a significant incentive to becoming a teacher.

Respect and Admiration

Would you enjoy the respect and admiration of your peers if you worked as a tobacco company crony, criminal defence lawyer, or insurance salesman? Probably not - in fact some people may be outright hostile.

But everyone knows that teachers work hard to ensure that today's children have a bright future. Not many jobs out there have such a positive impact on the daily lives of so many people. For this, may people admire the work that teachers do.

Recognition and Appreciation

Teacher receive many accolades, whether in the form of an apple from an appreciative student, to their own international UNESCO-recognized World Teachers' Day on October 5 of every year.

In the U.S., National Teacher Day falls on the Tuesday of the first full week of May - which is Teacher Appreciation Week of course!


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