Why Teachers Love Teaching (As Shared by Teachers)

Author: George
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I asked the simple question, “What do you love about teaching?” on Twitter the other day. Here are some of the responses:

If you look at the tweet and the responses (there are over 400 responses), the answers you see tell you a ton about educators, that goes beyond just “teaching content.” The majority of educators that I come into contact with care more about their students as people than learners, although they know both are important.

But there is also a lot said in the absence of answers.

For example, many people outside education would tell you that many teachers LOVE teaching because of the “summer breaks” and “short-work days.” First of all, teachers do a great ton of work outside of the classroom that people do not see and have no idea of their dedication beyond the “timeframe” of a school day. Whether it is assessments, professional learning, or the myriad of paperwork that teachers do, the days are not what they seem to the outside. You still do not see “summer vacation” as dominating the answers.

The other thing that is noticeably absent is “tests” or being “data-driven.” The response to this could be, “Well…that is because teachers don’t want accountability” but if you read many of the answers, the accountability is in seeing their students achieve things that were not possible before entering school, or inspiring a curiosity that will serve students now and in the future. It is insanely tough work to encourage and develop students to go above and beyond and realize their potential, but you can see in the answers, that the goal is the majority of teachers that answered. As a parent, I am more concerned that teachers bring out the best in my daughter than continuously focus on what she can’t do.

I tweeted this question out because I have been reading a lot about the importance of gratitude in our lives and work and I asked the question to highlight educators around that love doing what they do. It is sometimes important that we remind ourselves why we do what we do, while outside forces (and unfortunately, sometimes from the inside) tend to bring negativity into the profession.

Ultimately, when reading the tweets, it reminded me of the importance of purpose in the work teachers do every day. Administrators need to remember how vital “purpose” is in our work and how it is crucial that we never lose sight of that focus, or we are in risk of losing why teachers got into the profession in the first place.

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Why Teachers Love Teaching (As Shared by Teachers)
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