Why I Would Be a Teacher

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Why I Would Be a Teacher
Diana C. Worley
Grand Canyon University: EDU 310 (0206)
December 19, 2010

Why I Would Be a Teacher
Teaching is a dignified, desirable, and demanding occupation. It is a profession which requires knowledge, patience, understanding, and a growing desire to help others. Unfortunately, it is most often under paid, underappreciated, and undervalued by numerous standards. So why does the writer of this paper want to teach? Was it a calling or is it just a vocation? This paper will touch on the extrinsic and intrinsic awards, the impact of teaching on the community, and family, the commitment of teachers to their students and teachers as role models.

There are many different reasons why people choose to teach. Teaching, like nursing, is a service occupation. To be more precise, teaching is a vocation. Built into teaching is the idea of contributing to the lives of others and for many people the root of their decision to teach is deeper than their love of the subject matter or their attraction to the life of a teacher. Many choose a career in teaching for reasons that are at heart, religious, or humanitarian. These people are called to the profession. The desire to teach began early in the life of the writer and blossomed into a calling as the writer got older. Many people come into the profession for the extrinsic rewards, but then discover their true calling to teach once they are actually working with the students and realize the intrinsic rewards.

There are two categories of occupational rewards which help to sort out the attractive and unattractive career qualities of teaching. The extrinsic rewards are the public, tangible benefits such as salary, prestige, and power. The intrinsic rewards are the internal, emotional, and spiritual satisfactions one receives such as a personal sense of accomplishment, or an enjoyment of the work itself. Ellis (1984) concludes that “of the two,...
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