When you talk to recently qualified teachers about the benefits of their career choice, they’ll often cite things like holidays, job security and ‘doing something worthwhile’. And yes, these are all great reasons to love the job, but, if you take the time to dig a bit deeper it’s likely you’ll find some slightly more subtle stuff, which is arguably just as compelling. Here are 3 Less Obvious Reasons why getting into teaching is a great move:
- You learn a huge amount about yourself and grow massively as a person. You discover talents that you never knew you had, and find out how you perform in some very non-standard social situations (eg. standing up in from of 30 young people)!
- You get to be creative. Lots of the time. Every lesson plan you craft will be a work of art. Not all will be Mona Lisas it’s fair to say, but all will be your own original work.
- You get to work alongside some of the most entertaining people around. Young people have the freshest sense of humour. If you let them, they will keep you smiling all the way through your day.
These are all huge privileges. To be given the opportunity to experience them is a wonderful life opportunity. But they also bring with them great responsibility. This report into the world’s best-performing school systems helped us to understand that:
‘The quality of an education system cannot exceed the quality of its teachers.’
Essentially, the underlying message here is that if you are going to be a teacher, you have got to do it well. The future depends on it. No pressure then! In fact, it really is no big deal – because we know that there is pleasure and pride in doing things well.
Doing things well should start with your very first moves into teaching. From your Professional Skills Tests to your application and interview, you should strive to preform at your very best. Because that’s what you’ll be doing for the rest of your career. Being the best you can be. So why not start now.