Teaching is all about making impacts

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Lead a Classroom. Shape the Future.You will handle the most valuable material in our country: the young minds who are the future. Your efforts, in turn, will help build a fair and equitable society.

What it’s Like to Teach

That’s a great question—with a lot of potential answers. The truth is, everyone’s experience is unique. This is why it is important to talk to as many people as you can, find mentors, and conduct research. Even though you will have your own journey, here are some core aspects of the job that will ring true:

Be Challenged Intellectually

Teaching is a wonderful profession for those who are eternally curious and always looking to innovate. The field of education is active with debate and exploration about how to make education more effective, from concepts like Personalized Learning to Instructional Leadership, to ideas about the difference between public, private and charter schools. Thus, as you progress in your career you’ll have plenty of fodder to keep you stimulated intellectually and challenged professionally.  

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Male teacher helping young student to play with  blocks.

Work Hard & Reap Rewards

As a teacher you’ll work hard, yes, but this is a job where your investment is sure to pay off. For every hour you put in, every exam you administer, every lesson you teach, every pep talk you give, you will reap unparalleled outcomes. Your students will light up when they master the subjects you’ve taught them to love. You’ll establish bonds of trust that allow you to influence their lives. And you’ll get to work with subject matter that interests you. Nobody likes to be bored, but don’t worry. You won’t have that problem. 

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Build & Hone Your Skills

Teaching requires a diverse set of skills: leadership, creative problem-solving, and stellar communication, to name a few. The practice of teaching will naturally help you deepen your talents to increase your influence, impact, and professional abilities. 

Additionally, varied leadership development opportunities—from trainings to conferences to coaching—are available to help you excel as a professional in whatever ways you are driven.

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Stoke Your Creativity

If you believe that your students can run a NASA command center, manage a corporate boardroom, thrive in a laboratory, master an art studio, succeed in an operating room—so will they. In the classroom, your influence impacts their dreams and sense of curiosity. Teaching allows you to constantly imagine new and effective ways to reach young minds. 

Sparking curiosity is at the heart of what teachers do. Watch chemistry teacher Ramsay Musallam’s TED talk about three ways to spark curiosity in young learners.

What Do Teachers Love About Their Jobs?

Being a teacher is like being the people who show up at strangers’ doors from Publisher’s Clearinghouse to tell them they’ve won the jackpot. Each day you make kiddos’ lives and futures rich by surprising them with new knowledge and learning experiences. The look on their faces when they figure out a tricky word in their favorite story, experiment with chemical reactions, or create their first line of computer code, show you just how grateful they are and that their lives are forever changed.

Over the past nine years as a public educator one thing I have found is that teaching is never boring. Each day brings exciting opportunities and challenges. Each class brings new students with different education, language, and home experiences. And each year allows for a chance to try a new learning strategy, classroom design, or parent communication idea.

One of the biggest benefits of being a teacher is being able to use my creativity to plan lessons and find new ways to help my students learn information. Each day of teaching is a brand new day full of opportunity and promise.

Being a teacher is like being the people who show up at strangers’ doors from Publisher’s Clearinghouse to tell them they’ve won the jackpot. Each day you make kiddos’ lives and futures rich by surprising them with new knowledge and learning experiences. The look on their faces when they figure out a tricky word in their favorite story, experiment with chemical reactions, or create their first line of computer code, show you just how grateful they are and that their lives are forever changed.

Over the past nine years as a public educator one thing I have found is that teaching is never boring. Each day brings exciting opportunities and challenges. Each class brings new students with different education, language, and home experiences. And each year allows for a chance to try a new learning strategy, classroom design, or parent communication idea.

One of the biggest benefits of being a teacher is being able to use my creativity to plan lessons and find new ways to help my students learn information. Each day of teaching is a brand new day full of opportunity and promise.

Being a teacher is like being the people who show up at strangers’ doors from Publisher’s Clearinghouse to tell them they’ve won the jackpot. Each day you make kiddos’ lives and futures rich by surprising them with new knowledge and learning experiences. The look on their faces when they figure out a tricky word in their favorite story, experiment with chemical reactions, or create their first line of computer code, show you just how grateful they are and that their lives are forever changed.

Over the past nine years as a public educator one thing I have found is that teaching is never boring. Each day brings exciting opportunities and challenges. Each class brings new students with different education, language, and home experiences. And each year allows for a chance to try a new learning strategy, classroom design, or parent communication idea.

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