The Joy of Being a Teacher

Teaching is more than just a job and nobody can compensate the amount of work done by good teachers.

Published: 05th September 2014 06:19 AM  |   Last Updated: 05th September 2014 11:47 AM   |  A+A-


“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men,” said Frederick Douglass, signifying the tremendous role of teaching in the development of ethical and responsible global citizens. Not everyone is called to become a school teacher, but certainly everyone can become a teacher in their own way. Achievements of any individual are because of teachers; some of them are formally appointed in school while the others are parents, friends and motivators. Teaching is more than just a job. It’s a calling to a divine task. Nobody can compensate the amount of work done by good teachers. Only God can reward them richly.

Teaching is challenging yet it is totally beautiful, wonderful and amazing. The innocent enthusiasm of young children keeps teachers going with a smile, even through the most frustrating moments. As a teacher, the greatest gift you bring to the classroom each day is your unique personality coupled with your individual gifts to inspire, lead, and motivate students. Good teachers enter the profession because they want to make a difference in the world and their communities. This is a noble purpose that a teacher should always keep in the forefront. Dear teachers, no matter what challenges you face, your work truly has an encouraging effect on your students, their families, and their future. Henry Adams rightly said, “A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” 

The rewards of teaching are innumerable. You have the opportunity to be amidst hundreds of young bubbling lives. For many, their work is a means to an end but teaching is a vocation and not a job. It gives a sense of service. Every teacher can experience the joy of making a difference in young lives. While teachers spend time nurturing children, they also find personal fulfilment doing something they truly love and are passionate about. 

John Dewey stated, “If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow.” Teachers have to be lifelong learners who relish the chance to grow and evolve. Good teachers always ensure that they are open to learning new things and improving their teaching ability. They wish to grow and continue to make teaching meaningful and engaging.  

On this Teachers’ Day, I exhort every teacher to experience the joy of making a difference in society, the greatest gift of all.  Dear teachers, give your best to each student and remember, God is not unjust; He will not forget your work and the love you have shown Him as you have helped His people and continue to help them. (The Holy Bible)

Grace Pinto

Managing Director Ryan International Group of Institutions


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