World Teachers' Day 2019: The reasons to be a teacher

In our office, every day is World Teachers' Day. But on the day the rest of the world celebrates, we've brought together some of the best reasons to join the profession – shared by teachers themselves

Ella Jackson

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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:

A truthful way to sum up teaching:

Teaching is truly one of a kind:


Sometimes, it's the students who are the lucky ones: 


Don't forget, teachers create the future: 


It's the reason why we do it:


A phrase to live by: 


What? Like you didn't dress up a witch today?


The most important part of it all: 


We couldn't have said it better ourselves: 


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Ella Jackson

Ella Jackson is Social media assistant at Tes

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