10 Reasons to be Thankful to be a Teacher

Being a teacher involves long days, hard demands, and constantly serving others. During hard times, it can feel like a thankless job as you continually push yourself to go the extra mile. But, we’re here to remind you that being a teacher is the most rewarding and awesome job in the world!

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Reasons to be Thankful for Students
Teacher appreciation should be shown each and every day since you are the role model that is helping to shape and mold wonderful human beings.  Thanksgiving is a great time to send appreciation messages and have students list things that they are thankful for.  It’s also a great time to reflect on all you have to be thankful for and remind yourself why you love teaching.

Here are 10 reasons to remind you of how big an impact you have on all of your students.  We hope you continue to have a great year!

1. An Amazing Teacher Makes an Impact on Lives

You are literally changing lives every day.  Don’t ever allow yourself to forget that part. It’s likely one of the top reasons that you went into a teaching career.  You are instilling a love of learning, molding little humans, encouraging those who don’t believe in themselves, cheerleading kids who are trying new things, and watching as skills are developed daily.  You get to be the first one to see the a-ha moments as all of your hard work pays off.  The way you make your students feel in the classroom will leave a lasting impression on their attitude toward school and learning.  You are what creates a positive foundation for them to thrive on.

2. A Great Teacher Gets to Witness Milestones

Whether it’s a big accomplishment or a small milestone, you get the privilege of being there for everything.  Celebrate the small stuff because to kids they matter a lot.  Especially a task they’ve been working on for a while to master. It’s the best feeling when you get to see them achieve their goal!

3. A Wonderful Teacher Gets to Inspire Others

Every day you greet your students with positivity, enthusiasm, encouragement, and endless patience.  You inspire them to be a better student and to go out and change the world.  Many children will even aspire to become a teacher because of your positive impact.  And many students will take your inspiration with them long after the school year ends.

4. The Best Teachers Get to Teach

Obviously, one of the reasons you’re in this profession is because you love to teach!  Getting to do what you love every day is reason enough to keep going.  You perform at a high level under stressful environments as if it’s a piece of cake.  Your resilience is admirable, and your passion for teaching is inspiring.

5. An Awesome Teacher Experiences Little Joys Every Day

Pajama days, birthday treats, teacher gifts, parachutes in the gymnasium, a handmade thank you note, hand-picked flowers, an exuberant high five, watching a child accomplish something they’ve really worked towards, an unexpected thank you card, there are so many small joys throughout each and every day, and they all add up!  One of the best parts about being a teacher is that you get to experience the fun, excitement, and enthusiasm children have for just about everything. So if you’re having a tough day, look for the small joys. We guarantee it will bring a smile back to your face.

6. A Favorite Teacher Becomes a Place of Comfort

When kids are having a hard day or going through something difficult, they come to you for comfort.  Knowing that they trust you because of how much you pour into their cup, should also fill yours up.  Trust does not always come easily, so when kids come to you for comfort, you know you have made a true impact on their lives and are experiencing a truly heartfelt thanks.

7. The Greatest Teacher Receives Endless Compliments

Kids notice the smallest details. New outfit, lipstick color, haircut, handbag, marker set.  You can bet that they notice and will often compliment you on what they see.  In their eyes, you’re the coolest person. So let those compliments go to your head; not many other workplaces are filled with cheery voices covering you in praise.

8. Good Teachers are Never Bored

There is no such thing as an ordinary day of teaching, something exciting always comes up.  Whether it’s fire drills, funny things your students say, interesting visitors, wacky outfits... something unplanned always happens and will keep you on your toes.  But you’re resilient, and you will inevitably roll with the punches even when surrounded by chaos and continue to make learning fun.

9. You develop close bonds with other teachers

Even if it’s just commiserating about your day, teachers form relationships with their peers in a way many other co-workers never have the opportunity to.  There’s a shared responsibility, camaraderie, and appreciation for each other because you relate so well to the daily struggles and stresses.  Whether you need a bit of encouragement, an ear to listen, or a treat from the hidden candy stash, another teacher will have your back with no questions asked.

10. An Incredible Teacher Gets to be Themselves Each Day

Whether it’s how you set up and decorate your classroom or the jokes you tell throughout the day, you can bring your personality to school and share it with your students.  Allow your creativity to shine through as you find ways to engage and inspire your students throughout the year.  By being your true self, you will also show students the importance of being themselves and accepting and encouraging each other.

You are awesome! Fact.

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