With the constant push for higher standardized test scores, looming budget cuts, and reports of school violence, you might wonder why waste your time being a high school teacher. Yes, there are some negative aspects of teaching. However, the positives aspects of being a high school teacher by far outweigh the negatives. The following are several great reasons to be a high school teacher.
Teaching offers the teacher a means of leaving behind a legacy. A legacy is something that is handed down from one generation to the next. By teaching, a person is able to hand down their beliefs, values, and knowledge. As a teacher, most of your students will remember you forever. No matter how sweet or effective your nurse was, chances are good that you will forget her after your illness is over and a few years have passed. However, you always remember your favorite and your least favorite teachers.
*Influencing the next generation
Teaching allows you to influence the next generation. Each day that you stand in front of your class, you are molding the lives of your students. You are doing more than imparting words of wisdom and knowledge. You, the teacher, are holding your own life up before the masses as a testimony to the power of education. Whether you know it or not, you are giving your students advice on how to conduct themselves in different situations. High school students are often hungry for guidance. And, as their teacher, you are able to provide that guidance. Although they may never admit it, high school students are influenced by what you say and what you do.
*Days off and work hours
One of the best things about being a teacher is having all the weekends and holidays off. You are also able to be home at the same time as your school-aged children. This eliminates the cost of daycare and babysitters. And, best of all, you get two months off with pay in the summer. So, basically, you are getting two months of paid vacation.
*Challenging and rewarding job
Teaching high school is both challenging and rewarding. Because high school students are easily bored, you are force to think creatively. You must also know how to effectively use technology in your classroom. Despite the challenges, teaching high school is also very rewarding. One of the greatest joys for a teacher is to watch his or her students march across a stage to receive their diploma.
Teaching at the high school level can be a tough job. However, it is a job that provides you with countless opportunities. You are able to touch the lives of countless students, and you leave behind a legacy that extends to more than just your immediate family. Teaching allows you to live on forever in your students.