A recent poll found that teaching is the second most satisfying profession. Ironically, the same poll also found that in contrast to their overall happiness with their jobs, teachers often rank last or close to the bottom for salary, workplace engagement and happiness. So why do we still have teachers now? What really motivates teachers to keep it going?
Teaching is a beautiful paradox; the things that you hate about it are the same forces why you get up every day. A classroom is a swirling vortex of chaos and injustices; slow learners, policies a teacher must abide by, low pay and wrong systems. Being able to be personally part of the solution is what greatly motivates teachers. I bet that is why teachers are hailed as superheroes without capes. Like Superman, teachers have personal mission and that is to better the world. It is their joy to keep students focused and reach their potential. It is their delight not just to put scores on the paper but to be there for them on a personal level. It is all about making a massive difference in the lives of young people – sharing wisdom of life which they can take with them wherever life takes them.
When you want to be a teacher, expect to be tired. However, making the zeroes to heroes, being part of the future engineers, nurses or next line of presidents and bringing a positive change in the future are enough reasons to keep a teacher going.