“Those who know, do. Those that understand, teach.”
Top 3 Reasons to Become a Teacher
1. Change the Lives of Students
Teachers play extraordinary roles in the lives of their students. Over the course of their careers, teachers have the opportunity to affect the lives and futures of countless children. Your students will go on to do amazing things; knowing you contributed to their success is a deeply rewarding experience.
“True teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross; then, having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create their own.”
2. Make a Meaningful Contribution to Society
Akin to doctors, firefighters, and police officers; teachers serve an integral role in society. In choosing to become a teacher you are instilling hope in the future of society and actively helping to shape the next generation. The world needs good teachers, now more than ever. If you have the desire to make a difference, becoming a teacher is an invaluable contribution to your community and the world.
“One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.”
3. Be a Life-Long Learner
Being a teacher is an intellectually rewarding career. A good teacher never stops learning from diverse interactions with students and colleagues that happen on a daily basis. Additionally, technology has become an essential part of teaching and learning. Today’s teachers are knowledgeable about the latest educational technology and help their students prepare for a technologically advanced future.
“In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn.”
Are you passionate about technology? A career in teaching may be for you!
Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century
Over the past decade, technology has become an indispensable resource for teachers and students. Teachers can use technology in the classroom to enhance traditional ways of learning while also teaching their students useful and practical skills for life in the 21st century. To see more about the exciting future of educational technology, watch "Technology in Education: A Future Classroom", a short film by Daniel Nemroff.
Why do YOU want to be a teacher?
Many teachers describe a life-long love of children as the motivation behind becoming an educator, or simply that their own love of learning makes them passionate about teaching. People remember influential teachers for a lifetime and speak often of how they helped to change the course of their future. Perhaps you are inspired by a teacher in your own education who had a positive impact on you. We asked three EWU education students what inspired them to pursue a career in teaching.
"When I was little, I used to play school with all the younger kids that my grandma used to babysit. I loved to read books to them and pretend to be a teacher as well as a student. As I grew older, I kept changing my mind about what I wanted to do until I was a sophomore in college. And so I talked to my advisor, took the classes I needed, and later got into the Education program. I just felt at peace with being a teacher and it just feels right. Helping kids is something that I always wanted to do and now I get to put it into action. I have had some teachers that have made an impact in my life and have shown me what effective teaching looks like and what kind of teacher I want to be. All these things led to me choosing to be teacher and why I want to be a teacher."
"I want to become a special education teacher. I was in special education when I was younger. My teacher changed my life. I started her class non-verbal. When I left her class, I was speaking at my age-level. I am now a successful young adult. I wish to be able to do the same thing my teacher did for me, for other students. I wish to encourage student success and growth. I feel that with my experience in special education, I can relate to students both in special education and in the general education classroom."
"Becoming a teacher was an easy decision for me. I love kids and I love learning. I chose special education because I want to help students with special needs succeed and be proud of who they are. My hope is for all students with disabilities to feel supported and valued within our public school system. I can't wait to start teaching and be a part of that process."