Summer has come and gone. And with its departure, the nights draw in as the mornings get shorter; paperwork piles up as everyone gets into the swing of the longest term. Amid the chaos, there can be little time for you, your colleagues – or anyone, really – to stop and appreciate the work being done in schools.
But there is a shining light in October – a day that serves as a reminder of the power that teachers hold and the esteem in which they are held: World Teachers' Day.
This year, in honour of the official Unesco theme – "Young teachers: the future of the profession – Tes decided to kick things off early by asking its Twitter followers to complete the sentence: "You should become a teacher because…"
The replies were honest, raw and heartwarming. Here are just a few of our favourites.
Never forget the holidays:
no other job requires such a diversity of skills, no two days are ever the same and yet there is still a soothing, punctuating rhythm to each term. And the holidays.— William Morris (@williamfi) September 30, 2019
A truthful way to sum up teaching:
Because it’s one of the few jobs in the world where other people’s achievements become your job satisfaction.— Miss Freeland (@MissGFreeland) September 30, 2019
Teaching is truly one of a kind:
There is no other job like it. You might only get one child say that they liked what they did, but it feels more like a thousand.— MH 🏴🏳️🌈🇪🇺 (@cymboi) September 30, 2019
Sometimes, it's the students who are the lucky ones:
there are students out there who have been waiting a long time for a teacher like you.— Emma Robson (@ERobson1979) September 30, 2019
Don't forget, teachers create the future:
it's the one profession that creates all other professions (vocational teacher here).— K. A. Bolsenbroek (@kabolsenbroek) October 2, 2019
It's the reason why we do it:
You should become a teacher because you can make a positive influence in a children’s lives and you will continue learning from them too. #WorldTeachersDay— Dani (@daniellalang) October 1, 2019
A phrase to live by:
Those who can, teach;— Darryl Samuel (@madlysurreal) October 2, 2019
those who can't, should be grateful to those who can.
What? Like you didn't dress up a witch today?
...if you ever end up on a dating website in your forties you will be guaranteed to have a more interesting reply to 'How's your day been?' than non- teachers.— Tricia Power (@TriciaPower1) September 30, 2019
'Today I dressed up as a witch and persuaded my class I had flown to school on a broomstick'
'Today I went caving' ...
The most important part of it all:
It's a wonderful feeling to see young people grow and be successful and know you may have had a tiny role in it. I have past students riding world superbikes and producing theatre shows in the west end. I don't take any credit for those successes but I'm proud to say I knew them.— wendydock (@wendydock) October 2, 2019
We couldn't have said it better ourselves:
Our children need you.— Nnelgy G (short for G) (@Glenn_058orn) October 1, 2019