Motivate, Encourage and Inspire: Teachers Share the Reasons Why They Teach

Featured Stories Updated April 28, 2017

Why do you teach?

Reasons to Teach

Poet William Butler Yeats remarked, “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” Truer words were never spoken. For many students, a passion for education is often ignited by an inspiring teacher.

Teachers are dedicated, to say the least. They work long hours, spend their own limited resources to innovate curriculum, and do everything they can to make sure their classrooms are safe and welcoming for students.

Still, teachers don’t receive the recognition they deserve. What keeps them motivated? What fuels their passion for teaching? We were curious.

“I love helping children realize that learning can be hard, and that’s okay.” – Kathy P.

“I enjoy the collaboration with other professionals, and the creativity needed to consider needs of different types of learners.” – Kelley C.

“I have found that students can teach me, too, about different cultures, abilities, and perspectives.” – Jill W.

“Being a child’s advocate and helping him/her realize his/her own potential is my greatest joy in teaching!” – Beth R.

“I teach because sometimes I know I am the only person in a student’s life who they can trust!” – Jessica D.

“There is nothing better than having one of my students realize they’re stronger and more resilient than they ever thought possible.” – Karen W.

“To help students learn to think for themselves.” – Lesley T.

We asked teachers to share their reasons why they teach on our Concordia Portland Facebook Page. The amount of answers we received was incredible! From following a natural passion, to enjoying summers off, or witnessing a child’s “aha” moment, the responses were inspirational. We are proud to share them with you:

‘Impact future generations’

To their students, teachers can be so much more than an educator. Teachers support, prepare, nurture and encourage their students, often long after their school year together finishes.
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‘It’s a calling’

Natural teachers love sharing knowledge. They feel a desire to share ideas, communicate concepts and inspire conversation with those around them. Teachers teach to reach children, and see their progress develop over time.

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‘Oh, I get it!’

The best moment for a teacher is witnessing a student grasp a concept for the first time. There is no better reward than helping a student finally reach clarity. This moment can be life-changing for both student and teacher.
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‘Confidence in myself’

Teachers are known for helping and supporting the conviction in others surrounding them. Through their dedication in the classroom, to their students, the school families and their colleagues, they too establish a strong sense of self-confidence.
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‘Born to teach’

Many teachers chose their profession for a simple reason: They were born to do it. They can’t ignore how much they love working with kids and how they feel at home in the classroom, facilitating discussions, and helping them grow!
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‘The sky is the limit’

Those who teach relish finding ways to encourage their students to reach beyond expectations! Teachers enlighten students to push past what is comfortable in the classroom, which by extension, gives them the confidence to achieve in other areas of life.
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‘Summer vacations’

Who doesn’t enjoy having a summer vacation to unwind and relax? Though teachers seldom take breaks from teaching, many take advantage of having some weeks off. Many, though, spend those weeks learning new concepts to share with their students in the fall.
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‘A child’s love is pure and unconditional’

A major reason why our teachers love what they do — their students! The students they have share a devoted love of learning, and a sincere sense to help their fellow students.
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‘My student’s depend on me’

Teachers take their commitment to their students, classrooms, and schools very seriously. They know how much students depend on them for support, encouragement and inspiration.
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‘You helped me understand’

For some students, a teacher is the first person to help them finally reach clarity in the classroom. Teachers know that each student learns in a unique way, and on their own time.
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‘To show strength’

Students look to their teachers for more than just guidance. Teachers model how to fail and succeed, how to treat and help others, and to always try and go above and beyond.
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‘My grandchildren and children’

Many teachers work hard to be inspirational for others who may follow in their path. They teach to be an example that their own children (or grandchildren) can be proud of!
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‘Help aspiring teachers’

Not only do teachers enjoy working with students, they enjoy working with other teachers! Whether it’s sharing best practices, encouraging stories, or lesson plans, teachers rely on each other for encouragement and inspiration.
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‘Keeping things fun’

What’s the point of doing something, if you’re not having fun? Teachers enjoy shaking up classroom routines, and discovering new and exciting ways to teach and learn. We couldn’t agree more.
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‘Support future learners’

Educators know that the efforts made in today’s classrooms, can set the pace for students and teachers in the future. Teachers take this responsibility to future teachers and students seriously.
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‘To be effective’

Teachers love when their students understand academic curriculum and find ways to apply it practically in real-world situations. Preparing students to be successful, happy adults is the ultimate goal.
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‘Sharing knowledge’

Sharing is caring, and teacher’s know no better way to show how much they care by sharing knowledge with their students. This creates learning opportunities for both student, and teacher!
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Why do you teach? Visit our Facebook page and let us know! We’d love to hear from you.

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