Why Being A Teacher Is One Of The Hardest Yet Most Rewarding Careers

Why Being A Teacher Is One Of The Hardest Yet Most Rewarding Careers

The best teachers are those who tell you were to look, but do not tell you what to see!
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A lot of people think teachers have it easy; I mean come on, summers off and only working from eight to three every day, that’s the dream. Little do those people know that is not the lifestyle of a teacher at all. Only teachers who truly care about their job and their students know what it really takes to be a teacher. Long hours, hard work, passion, and dedication are some key factors, with a lot of speed bumps along the way. This profession may be one of the hardest jobs out there, but it’s also one of the most rewarding. There have been many teachers in my life who have made a huge impact on my life. I strive to be as great as them and cherish my career just like they did. People may never understand why it is so hard yet rewarding, so here is some insight into the profession that is teaching.


1. The day never ends.

Once that bell rings at the end of the day the students might get to go home but, for the most part, the teachers do not. They have to stay after and grade papers or tests or get the classroom set up for the next day. They have to review lesson plans and go to meetings with the other faculty in the school. They have to make sure they are prepared for the rest of the week.

2. Not only do you have your students to deal with, but also their parents.

Teachers not only deal with their awesome, but at times tough, students but also the parents that go along with them. Some parents are easy to talk to and get along with, but there are some parents that will give you a hard time... Their child can do no wrong, and therefore you must be at fault. In a lot of cases, the parents are more difficult than their children.

3. You do not have summers off.

Most people think that teachers have the summer to just relax and do whatever they want, but that is not the case. Most teachers take some time in the summer for themselves but for the most part the summer is spent preparing for the next year whether it be planning and figuring out what activities to do with each lesson or going to teacher workshops to learn new ideas and brush up on old ones. Teachers are always trying to better themselves so that the students have the greatest chance at success.

4. You are more than a teacher to most of your students.

Most of your students see you as more than just their teacher. You end up being their role model. Students look up to their teachers and see them as these amazing people. That might not always be the case right away, but eventually they will see how much you really changed their lives. Your classroom is their home away from home.

5. You attain teacher traits.

As a teacher you acquire traits, some of which others might find frustrating or annoying. You tend to correct everyone’s grammar around you and try to turn everything into an educational opportunity. You also find yourself becoming more creative with outside activities and making the experience more interesting. As a teacher, you gain all types of traits each of which makes you a better person even if those around you do not think so.

6. The rules for being a teacher make it harder for you to do your job.

In this day and age teachers have to teach to the test. Teachers should not have to teach just so that the students can pass a test and end up absorbing none of the information. That is not what teaching is about and should not be what the profession has turned into.

7. You tend to do after school activities to help out your school.

Most teachers are also part of after school clubs or organizations to help out the school and the students involved. If the teachers don’t do it most of the time, no one will and then the students are losing out. In the end, no matter if they have time for it or not, the teachers run the after school activities because no dedicated teacher can just sit by and let a student's creativity go to waste.

8. You get to see the difference you make in your students lives as they grow up.

As a teacher, you never know the impact you are going to have on any one of your students. It could be the smallest things you do in your classroom that changes their perspective altogether. Everyone has a favorite teacher who has impacted their lives in some way. To see the change and the progress your students make is truly rewarding.

9. Your job lets you be creative.

Teaching allows you to be as creative as you want with what you teach. You get to make each lesson fun for you and your students and make the knowledge you are cramming into their brain stick. I know everyone can remember a lesson from when they were in elementary school purely because it was fun.

10. You never truly have to grow up.

As a teacher, you are around kids all day. You get to experience those ages all over again when you thought everything was amazing and new. You get to see how something so simple can make students so happy and that keeps every teacher a true child at heart.


I am not a teacher yet, but one day, I hope to be one that makes a difference in each of my students lives. I hope to be like the teachers I had when I was younger that made me want to become a teacher in the first place. They helped mold me into who I am today and I cannot wait to do that for the students I will get to teach. Teaching is not in any way the easiest profession, but if you are passionate about it, it is one of the most rewarding.

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If You've Ever Been Called Overly-Emotional Or Too Sensitive, This Is For You

Despite what they have told you, it's a gift.
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Emotional: a word used often nowadays to insult someone for their sensitivity towards a multitude of things.

If you cry happy tears, you're emotional. If you express (even if it's in a healthy way) that something is bothering you, you're sensitive. If your hormones are in a funk and you just happen to be sad one day, you're emotional AND sensitive.

Let me tell you something that goes against everything people have probably ever told you. Being emotional and being sensitive are very, very good things. It's a gift. Your ability to empathize, sympathize, and sensitize yourself to your own situation and to others' situations is a true gift that many people don't possess, therefore many people do not understand.

Never let someone's negativity toward this gift of yours get you down. We are all guilty of bashing something that is unfamiliar to us: something that is different. But take pride in knowing God granted this special gift to you because He believes you will use it to make a difference someday, somehow.

This gift of yours was meant to be utilized. It would not be a part of you if you were not meant to use it. Because of this gift, you will change someone's life someday. You might be the only person that takes a little extra time to listen to someone's struggle when the rest of the world turns their backs.

In a world where a six-figure income is a significant determinant in the career someone pursues, you might be one of the few who decides to donate your time for no income at all. You might be the first friend someone thinks to call when they get good news, simply because they know you will be happy for them. You might be an incredible mother who takes too much time to nurture and raise beautiful children who will one day change the world.

To feel everything with every single part of your being is a truly wonderful thing. You love harder. You smile bigger. You feel more. What a beautiful thing! Could you imagine being the opposite of these things? Insensitive and emotionless?? Both are unhealthy, both aren't nearly as satisfying, and neither will get you anywhere worth going in life.

Imagine how much richer your life is because you love other's so hard. It might mean more heartache, but the reward is always worth the risk. Imagine how much richer your life is because you are overly appreciative of the beauty a simple sunset brings. Imagine how much richer your life is because you can be moved to tears by the lessons of someone else's story.

Embrace every part of who you are and be just that 100%. There will be people who criticize you for the size of your heart. Feel sorry for them. There are people who are dishonest. There are people who are manipulative. There are people who are downright malicious. And the one thing people say to put you down is "you feel too much." Hmm...

Sounds like more of a compliment to me. Just sayin'.

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Writing Saved My Sanity

Write it all down when you can't talk to anyone.

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I love writing.

I have since elementary school, and I've dreamed of becoming a published author. I started off writing stupid plays in elementary school, then it grew it almost writing a full-blown novel in middle school. I have no idea where that thing went to. It was all notebook paper and bad writing. In high school, my writing was kinda pushed to the side so I could focus on school. When I entered college, I started writing small poems about my now ex-boyfriend.

I was scared to express myself to him sometimes, the intensity of my feelings for him scared me. So instead of telling him, I wrote them down. When I tried to share them with him, he hated it. He thought writing down feelings was weird and creepy. So I didn't share anything else with him. When we finally broke up for good, everything just poured out of me. What I couldn't express verbally, I wrote or typed out.

I always have ideas flowing through my head. They never cease and I wouldn't want them to. Writing gives me an escape, from stress, work, school, or fights. It gives me a place to vent and to be open with everything. This is a reason I love writing for Odyssey, not only has this place brought me amazing friends but revived my love for writing. I'm never without my notebook anymore, I'd get distracted in class by an idea and have to write I think then and there.

I love sharing my more personal writing with close friends, especially my poems as of late. I found that I have a voice for young women who find themselves in a toxic relationship much like mine was. I want to speak out and show them that you can grow from the bullshit. It may take some time, but you will be better.

Writing saved my sanity. It allows me to express myself without having to use my actual voice. Anyone who knows me, knows I hate public speaking. I tend to psych myself out leading up to it. My current projects include writing for Odyssey every week, I'm in the process of trying to continue my short stories, and I'm excited to announce that I'm currently working on my very first poetry book!

Writing has given me so much, and I'm so looking forward to making a career out of something I love so much.

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