The 20 Most Surprising, All-Around Best Things About Teaching
What are the best things about teaching? Here’s what the WeAreTeachers community has to say.
Elizabeth Mulvahill on January 4, 2017
What is it about this crazy, demanding, exhausting job that keeps us motivated and forever digging deeper to make an impact?
We asked our amazing group of teachers on Facebook to fill in the blank: The best thing about being a teacher is______. and the answers came pouring in! Enjoy the best of these sincere, heartfelt, and inspiring answers!
“Knowing that you can’t change the world for them, so you set about trying to equip them for what it has in store for them. And sometimes, they want to give you the time of day when they have left you. They still want you to watch over them.”—Claire A.
“I love showing students that learning can be fun and they can trust me. Nothing beats the feeling of having a “difficult” student work hard for you and want to come to school because of you!” —Sandra D.
“The best thing about being a teacher is the fact that I can have a positive impact on how a student identifies. By constantly reinforcing and recognizing their efforts to learn, they will identify as learners.” —Sheila K.
“The satisfaction you get from being able to educate your students to see them make something of themselves. That, and the fond memories you build alongside your colleagues.” —Ismael P.
“Knowing that even though what you chose to do may not bring great monetary riches, what’s better than seeing a child proud of him or herself?” —Patricia G.
“When the class breaks out in spontaneous laughter together. It feels like family.” —Mei-Ling U.
“Recess! It’s when they really open up and you get to know them!” —Chelle N.
“Knowing you must be doing something right when they are always excited to see you.” —Rebecca C.
“Building relationships with my kids and watching them learn and grow as great little people. They make me laugh every day.” —Lori K.
“Being someone’s best part of their day. Where they are safe and loved.” —Leigh I.
“Going to work every day and experiencing something new.” —Dianne E.
“The kids of course! Their laughter, smiles, that moment when they learn something new, their hugs.” —Je H.
“A fresh start for students as well as myself every year.” —Suzanne B.
“The best part of being a teacher is the positive impact, sharing memories, laughing together.” —Alma E.
“Hearing the children laugh, watching the children learn and seeing them smile because they are having fun.” —Megan B.
“New beginnings and never-ending learning (both students and teacher).” —Jan B.
What would you add to the list?
In celebration of the STF Income Continuance Plan’s 25th Anniversary, every school in Saskatchewan will soon be receiving a copy of The Well Teacher!
Author of The Well Teacher, Wade Repta, BHSc, OT, is an Occupational Therapist and Certified Disability Management Professional who has spent almost 20 years working with teachers to help them minimize barriers and remain in the classroom. This work has allowed Wade to develop a unique understanding of the challenges facing teachers in today’s dynamic educational settings. Wade is the Vice President of humanworks consulting group inc., and he currently lives with his family in North Vancouver, BC.
“Wellness Encompasses a healthy body, a sound mind, and a tranquil spirit. Enjoy the journey as you strive for wellness.” ~Laurette Gagnon Beaulieu
Thank you to the 480 teachers who took the time to complete The PSTA Teacher Wellness Survey! 57% of you said that you believe that teachers would benefit from having a Teacher Wellness Committee and 88% indicated an openness to receiving ideas for promoting wellness for teachers in your school! Our SSL’s will be asked to bring feedback from teachers in their schools to our next Rep Assembly on March 12th. They are encouraged to bring along another colleague to take part in a brainstorming activity designed to gather information on how the PSTA Wellness Committee can support, assist and encourage teachers to make wellness a priority. SSL’s can look forward to more information coming soon.
Teachers are very busy people but we would greatly appreciate your feedback!
A new adhoc committee has taken shape centered around Teacher Wellness and Well-Being. PSTA members will be asked to respond to a brief survey on the topic of Teacher Wellness in February.
The Committee seeks to support, assist and encourage teachers in their efforts to make wellness a priority for themselves and their colleagues.
The PSTA LGBTQ committee, with the support of PSSD, and with financial support from the PSSF, is hosting the 2nd annual Prairie Spirit Pride Party this Valentine’s Day, Feb 14th at the Legends Centre in Warman. This curriculum connected day of learning will provide opportunity for all students Gr. 7-12 to learn about gender and sexual diversity, health and wellness, and how to be an ally. Community organizations including Out Saskatoon, Saskatoon Sexual Health, USSU Pride, The Trans Umbrella Foundation, Wheatland Regional Library, and PSTA members will be leading sessions throughout the day. Please register by Feb 8th by emailing completed registration forms to firstname.lastname@example.org.