"I'm that person when I was in uniform and they would thank me for my service, it just seemed like 'No way, I'm so grateful for the military' and for the service they gave me and it's kind of the same with teaching. They're the ones (the students) that keep teaching and growing me. So, if you look at your time in the military as what it's brought to you, then teaching is gonna be the same way." Watch the Army video highlighting her story: https://youtu.be/U1JREWLImZI
The biggest benefit to teaching is knowing that you have a direct impact in helping prepare your students to succeed in life beyond the classroom. The impact may come in the form of conveying information, as in my subject of chemistry... It may also be in modeling patience, self-control, organization, or how to treat others with respect. The impact teachers have on students’ lives can never be overestimated.
Matt Bakken teaches courses where he does a lot of creative work that calls for one-on-one sessions with students, allowing him to meet with them on a more personal level. "Previous students always stop in during holidays or vacations to see me and to see what we are doing", Bakken says. He also says that it is "deeply rewarding to watch my students transition through our time together (in the classroom)".
“It’s so important to foster a love of learning early and to build upon that year to year,” Icatar said. “Once a student has two positive consecutive school years, you have a student for life.”
“I became a teacher to work with children, to help them achieve and prepare for the future... This means helping them persevere when things seem difficult, which is a necessary life skill. I want to use my experience and knowledge to bring real life examples into their learning. I feel it’s time to give back some of the good fortune I’ve had in my life and teaching is my way of doing that.”