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I Am a Teacher

By Brian Smith on May 25, 2014
  • Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12

Any time of the school year has its own set of challenges, but the end of the year brings about lots of paperwork, tearful goodbyes, summer planning, and packing up a classroom. It can be very stressful — those last few days can feel like a full month! When I feel bogged down with endless forms, co-worker drama, and administrative demands, I find it helpful to remember why I chose to teach.

Here is a list of just some of my reasons:

I am a teacher because I have a passion for learning.
I am a teacher because I want to grow lifelong learners.
I am a teacher because I love Sharpies.
I am a teacher because I love to laugh and kids are hilarious when free to be themselves.
I am a teacher because I have many talents, and only teaching allows me to use them all.
I am a teacher because I survived teachers who made school unbearable, and I want every child to have a positive school experience.
I am a teacher because I had great teachers who inspired me.
I am a teacher because I know that a true understanding of life isn't measured on a test, but in the way we treat others.
I am a teacher because I don't need wealth to make a difference, and making a difference is what makes me happy.
I am a teacher because I want to share my love of reading with children.
I am a teacher because I love school pizza.
I am a teacher because watching a child’s growth from August to May is unlike anything any other profession can offer.
I am a teacher because although it's far from the perfect job, it's the perfect job for me.

Staying positive as a teacher can be an uphill battle some days. It can feel like everyone's objective is to make teaching harder than it already is. Keep in mind what inspired you to begin with, and remember the reasons you chose to take on this daunting, wonderful job.

Truck Driving GameAs a kid, I always knew I would be either a teacher or a truck driver, and after playing the 3D Truck Driving Test app on my iPad, I know I made the correct decision. I sincerely hope that you will leave a comment letting me know why you became a teacher.

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This is my last post for this school year, and I am so thankful for all the readers out there! Make sure to check out the blog next school year when we talk about Baggie Books and Lego usage and storage. I'll also try to pull off a classroom tour — HGTV-style! I can't wait to see you in August.

Comments (38)


I am a teacher because only in a classroom is my ADHD a positive for engaging others in their learning!!!

I am a teacher because only in a classroom is my ADHD a positive for engaging others in their learning!!!

I am a teacher because only in a classroom is my ADHD a positive for engaging others in their learning!!!

I love this comment and I feel the same way! Never a dull moment with a teacher who has ADHD!

I am a teacher because I get to go to school ~ not work. I love children, and I value education. Every day with my Kinders is new (you never know what they will say or do!). I love to have fun, act silly, and smile. Those are regular events in kindergarten! I am a teacher because it brings joy to my life!

These are great reasons! Teaching Kindergarten is the best job ever and only the lucky get the opportunity!

Great post Brian

Thank you!

I am a teacher because I want to share my love of learning with others. I am a teacher because I want learning to be fun. I am a teacher because I want others to be lifelong lovers of reading and if I catch them early enough, maybe they will be! I am a teacher because I know if I have a bad day with the students, there's always tomorrow, and it will be better for all of us.

Fantastic thoughts Nancy! I appreciate you sharing!

The job for "the catcher in the rye" was filled, so I became an English teacher instead.

I am sitting at dinner and laughing out loud at this comment! Thanks for the smile.

Your list pretty much sums up the way I feel. My kindergarten students graduate tomorrow and it's bittersweet. Oh, and I would add to your list not being able to pass by post-its when they are on sale.

That is funny! I would add crayola crayons and markers to the list of things that it's hard to pass up when they are on sale! Thanks for reading.

Great list. Thought the school pizza thing was strange.

I am a teacher because I get super excited about science, history and math. I always hope to infect my kids with that excitement.

I am a teacher because I like pushing myself to try new things artistically and educationally. Having someone to teach it to pushes me to make sure I continue to learn.

I am a teacher because it is the only thing that makes sense.

I added the Sharpie and school pizza parts because they are VERY true but also to add some humor. I love your reasons for being a teacher! Thanks for the reading and for taking time to comment!

I'm a teacher because there's no better feeling than when 27 second graders think you are smart, beautiful,hilarious and want to be just like you when they grow up!

I am a teacher because I love to share knowledge with my kids and I crave that light bulb moment.

I agree! The lightbulb moments are as additive as anything else I've found.

I became a teacher because I love talking about books and making sense of math problems with children's often exceedingly creative input.

I could not agree more Ms. Vinas. Books are a passion of mine and by the end of they I want my kids to be so in love with reading that they can't stand it! Kids who love books look at the the world differently and that's what makes the world a better place!

I'm a teacher because I love it when kids realize that they can do something themselves. You just see the confidence they have in themselves grow in that very instant.

And then that confidence grows exponentially! It truly is amazing to watch! Thanks for reading Justine!

I totally love this! I am going to create my own list on my blog! Thanks Brian! I would add...I am a teacher because I never wanted to do anything else! :)

Awesome Katie! Please come back and share you list with me! Maybe even link my post to your blog! :) I really would love to see your list when you have completed it though. Thanks for reading.

I loved your list. I would add that I love to color and create. I get to spend time outside everyday, and I get to share my favorite stories with new audiences all the time. The kids in my class make me laugh and they believe in magic. I love sharing their sense of wonder.

I love your list Stefanie! I love the coloring part because it teaches the kids that the world isn't black and white and that the sun doesn't always have to be yellow! Great thoughts!

Love this post! It made me remember why I am a teacher!!

What a great comment! Thanks Jill!

Bravo, Brian! Excellent post and great points for us to think about as we embark on summer!

Thanks Lindsey! I appreciate you taking the time to comment! Have a great summer.

Great post Brian. I am a teacher because I want to make a difference in the lives of children. Can't wait to see what you have planned for next year.

Thanks Allie! Teachers are often at the receiving end of criticism and we need to be building each other up. You do a great job of making a difference in the lives of children!

Check out the poem What Teachers Make at amandalohrenz.blogspot.com
Great encouragement!!

Hi. Thanks for the link. My favorite line is the first line...
"I make earning a sticker feel like winning a million dollars,
a Crayola drawing like the most beautiful piece of art."

I am an instructional technology specialist because of teachers like Brian Smith. I love to teach teachers who want to use technology to engage students. These teachers redefine classroom instruction through various methods of technology integration. These teachers make me feel like I'm at recess all day long.

Thank you for all that you do to help ease our loads! I guess I should have also added, "I am a teacher because I love to collaborate with others who are passionate about teaching students!" Thanks Terri!

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